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How to mark 10 years since the fires?

By johnboy 18 January 2012 43


Chief Minister Gallagher is asking for your thoughts on how to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the 2003 fires in the centenary year:

“I visited the Bushfire Memorial in Weston Creek this morning to pay my respects to those who lost their lives and the thousands more among us who were affected in some way,” Ms Gallagher said.

“The 18th of January remains a difficult one for many in the Canberra community and I think all of us can remember exactly what we were doing back on that hot, windy January day in 2003,” the Chief Minister said.

“Everyone in Canberra knows someone who was affected by the firestorm.It was a time in our city’s short history where we were challenged by the force of nature and where the people of Canberra rose to that challenge and worked together to support those who had lost loved ones, homes, animals and possessions.

“Nine years on there are those who will still struggle to deal with the horrors of that day and the memories that come with it. My heart goes out to each and every one of those people, particularly to the families and friends of those who lost their lives.

“At the same time I am proud of the way we, as a community, have supported each other in those difficult days, weeks, months and years of recovery and rebuilding.

“Today, I am asking Canberrans to consider how we should mark this important occasion, to commemorate what must go down as the worst day in our city’s 99 year history,” the Chief Minister said.

Suggestions can be posted on the ‘Time to Talk’ website (, by calling Canberra Connect on 132281 or via Twitter to @actcomms

Your thoughts dear readers?

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cranky 9:32 pm 13 Dec 12

Whilst well aware that there are diametrically opposed views on remembering this day, I’m sure a recent press release from our Guvners invited citizens to register their interest in attending a ceremony at the Bushfire Memorial.

So you can’t just rock up, you have to be registered!

Katie, just what planet are you and your arse covering mates on?

Your predecessor made a mockery of accepting responsibility, and now you appear to be stage managing any public expression of disagreement with your governments actions.

Simplex 11:42 pm 23 Jan 12

I think 18th of January could become a more positive day for Weston Creekers, talk about community coming together, how about something something fun and real, for all ages & whooley dooley healthy to boot ?
Thats when the ACT government could open our long awaited community public pool? If they cared even a little, as its been many years( decades) awaited…. by the way, unlike the greedy gungalanese, merely one pool would be sensationally positive.. and as a Weston Creeker i can assure you, that empty words are merely tasteless and leave a particular bitter ashy taste

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