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An example of community-led recovery - Barnawartha-Indigo Valley 2015 Bushfire

Local people stepped up to develop a community-led process for recovery.


Title An Example of Community-Led Recovery - Barnawartha-Indigo Valley 2015 Bushfire
Owner Indigo Valley Shire Council
Resource type Reflection

What is this about?

This report of the Barnawartha-Indigo Valley Bushfire has been prepared to consider the incident, the immediate impact and the long-term effects that may continue beyond writing this document.

The aim is to respectfully recognise the losses that were experienced by this incident and to highlight the great work done by many people to aid in the community-led recovery process.

It is also an opportunity to share the observations, reflections and insights, as these may help the Indigo Shire Council, local government, agencies and Emergency Management Victoria to further their understanding of how community-led recovery worked for the affected communities, particularly in the Indigo Valley.

This local example may also assist other communities and organisations to learn from this experience and improve their own processes and practice for future events.

The Barnawartha-Indigo Valley is an outstanding example of what the community can do and how tapping into the knowledge and expertise of community-members is invaluable in leading their own recovery processes.

Who is this resource for?

  • State Government
  • Local Government
  • Community Service Organisation
  • Non Government Organisation
  • Community Recovery Committees

Table of contents



  • December 2015 Bushfire Event
  • Impact
    • About the impacted communities
    • Initial Impact Assessment
    • Quantifying the impact


  • Relief Centre(s)
  • Neighbourhood Safer Places


  • Recovery Centres
  • Initial actions
    • Actions from agencies
    • Actions from community
  • Stakeholders
    • Roles of stakeholders
    • Agencies
    • Indigo Shire Council
    • Local business
    • Working with government and agencies
  • Recovery environments
    • Social environment
    • Economic environment
    • Built environment
    • Natural environment
  • Community-led with appropriate agency support
    • Debriefs
    • Action items


  • Community Recovery Coordinator
    • Community view
  • Funding
    • Community connectedness
    • Community engagement for strength and resilience

Recovery snapshot - 2 years on

Key considerations

  • Successes
  • Challenges
  • Further considerations for Community

Final comments