Black Saturday victims remembered

Black Saturday 2009

Six years after Victoria's devastating bushfires on 7 February 2009, the Victorian Parliament has remembered the victims and all the families affected.

For the first item of business of the new parliamentary year, parliamentarians united to honour those who lost their lives and those who helped to fight the inferno that engulfed so many communities.

“Sights and sounds of that day still move us to silence,” Premier Daniel Andrews said.

With 173 lives lost and thousands of lives affected, Mr Andrews said the day brought out the worst of nature but the best of humanity, with local communities working together house by house, street by street.

“We mourn the empty chairs at the family table,” Mr Andrews said.

Opposition Leader Matthew Guy joined in the tributes, noting that more than 19,000 firefighters served the Victorian community on Black Saturday.

The frontline service of firefighters will never be forgotten, he said.

“We won’t forget the lessons learned,” he added. “We won’t forget those affected today.”

Following further tributes, parliamentarians stood together in silence as a mark of respect for the victims of Black Saturday.

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