On Sunday 5th December the Sarsfield Community Association hosted the Bushfire Resilience Expo.
The event was a huge success with over 450 people in attendance, the weather provided the perfect conditions for a day full of activities for the whole family.
There was plenty of entertainment on offer for the kids with appearances from the Wacky Wombat who was easy to spot on his stilts and could be seen with a band of kids following him around. The wildlife exhibit hosted by Black Snake Productions were also a major attraction with kids not only able to watch the shows but also hold some animals including snakes and native Australian species.
The Burn Table (burn simulation) demonstration presented by the Department of Environment, Water, Land, and Planning (DEWLP) was very popular with both children and adults.
A panel of experts from professions ranging from clinical psychology to Landscape Architects and Building Experts participated in discussions that received a great turn out.
Leading businesses in bushfire resilience came along to show off their initiative technology and designs in bushfire prevention. A bushfire bunker was on display thanks to the team at Wildfire Safety Bunkers, and Tom Coupe from Tiny Houses brought along one of his bushfire resistant houses.
Attendees were treated to the musical talent of Todd Cook and Olivia Lay who provided music throughout the day and created a relaxed atmosphere for people to enjoy the music accompanied by some great food on offer.
The Sarsfield Community Association would like to acknowledge and thank the following people for their contribution to expo:
- The volunteers who helped to put the event together
- Sue-Ellen, the event planner from Seventy Event Management and Communications who transformed our vision into a fantastic event
- The organising committees including Sarsfield Community Association, Bushfire Recovery Victoria, Country Fire Authority and DEWLP representatives
- East Gippsland Community Foundation and East Gippsland Shire Council for their support in creating this event - without their help, this event wouldn't be possible
All in all it was a great day that offered something for everyone to enjoy which could not have been achieved without local support.
Sarsfield Community Association Chair Simon Hof said of the day:
"The stand out performance was from our community who supported the event."