Questions on Notice No 6296
59 Parliament First Session
Asked: 17 November 2021

Question on Notice

Ms McLeish to ask the Minister for Creative Industries — In February 2019, the Government announced it would create a new bushfire museum and education centre to raise awareness of the history, stories, and lessons of the 2009 Victorian Bushfires and other fires. The Victorian Government Website, under the heading Bushfire Museum and Education Centre and last reviewed 4 April 2019, states that:

'…the Victorian Government announced it would create a bushfire museum. Victorians will be able to provide input into the project through a community consultation process. This input will help inform future planning and design work. Creative Victoria will lead the project in consultation with the Office for the Victorian Government Architect.'

According to Engage Victoria’s website, the consultation period for the project closed on 15 August 2019, with community engagement findings expected sometime in 2020. 

(1) What was the outcome of the community consultation.

(2) What is the status of this project.

(3) What is the timeframe for delivery of the project.

Answered: 10 January 2022
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Creative Victoria have led community consultation on the proposed Bushfire Museum which attracted significant interest and strong support from across Victoria. In addition to public consultation via engage.vic, Creative Victoria have consulted with a range of key stakeholders across emergency management, community development, cultural institutions, bushfire research and education and operators of existing bushfire facilities and programs.


Overwhelmingly, communities want the focus of this project to be on the education benefits that such a facility will generate. However, there were also a wide range of views among individuals

and communities regarding the format, content and location. As such, further work will need to be undertaken to determine the appropriate approach.


Whilst this work has been significantly delayed by the bushfire season of 2019-20 and the subsequent COVID-19 pandemic, the Government recognises this proposal is of great interest to communities in the Eildon district and throughout the state. We are working to progress this matter as soon as practicable, and we will continue to engage with local communities in futures as we develop the proposal in more detail.





The Hon. Danny Pearson MP 

Minister for Creative Industries