City of Swan, located in Perth, is launching a new memory project in commemoration of the 2021 Wooroloo Bushfire, encouraging the community to share their stories of the disaster.

The community’s memories will be used to create a permanent and cohesive story of the event, the immediate aftermath, and the ongoing social and environmental recovery on a dedicated website.

Submissions are welcome in any format, including photos, videos, stories, poems and other everyday items, and can be easily submitted online.

City of Swan Mayor, David Lucas, said the memory project reflects the City’s ongoing commitment to helping the community recover from the lasting impacts of the bushfire.

“The Wooroloo Bushfire was the most significant natural disaster in the City of Swan in at least the last twenty years, impacting thousands of people in our community and causing significant environmental damage,” Mayor Lucas said.

“We recognise that many people have a story to tell from the bushfire; from volunteer firefighters and emergency services personnel, to local residents and surrounding community members who watched the bushfire unfold from unique points of view.”

Mayor Lucas said the project is an opportunity for the community to reflect upon the effects of the fire, and build a cohesive story of resilience and recovery to tell future generations.

City of Swan Local Recovery Officer, Ian Robinson, said that this is a golden opportunity for some people to take a step forward in the healing process and share their experiences and images with others.

“As with the 12 Months On exhibition and the recent Rustic Farm Art Awards, this is a chance for people to reflect their feelings and experiences in a positive and cathartic manner, which many have found to be very beneficial in their recovery journey,” Mr Robinson said.

To view the memory project collection, visit the memory project website.

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