Stories of community recovery

Read about how community members are recovering after the fires.

Geoff standing infront of his short-term modular home

A new home for Geoff 

It’s been a tough road for Geoff since last year’s bushfires, but despite losing both of his homes the Mallacoota resident is still smiling. Geoff moved into a short-term modular housing unit prior to Christmas.    

After a bushfire event, like the 2019-20 Eastern Victorian bushfires, it is important that people who lost everything have a safe place to stay during their journey of recovery.  

Bushfire Recovery Victoria’s short-term modular housing program allows people to feel secure in a new home while they make decisions about rebuilding.   

The homes are built in Victoria and delivered straight to sites, connected to services and come fully furnished with the support of charitable organisations such as GIVIT. They allow residents to live in a new, comfortable temporary home, back on their land and in their community.    

Geoff says the support he has received since the bushfire has been amazing.  

'Just because I’ve lost everything, doesn’t mean that my grief is different to someone who hasn’t lost everything,' he said.   

'We’ve all grieved together in Mallacoota, and the support from the small community is phenomenal.'   

Geoff’s modular home is one of 35 across the state. The short-term modular housing program is funded by the Australian and Victorian Governments and delivered by BRV.   

If you, or someone you know in your community may benefit from this program, please call 1800 560 760 to speak to a Bushfire Recovery Support Worker.

Reviewed 30 March 2021

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