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Ash Wednesday Bushfire
 
Education Centre

Ash Wednesday Bushfire Education Centre

AWBEC


In 2011 this building was saved from demolition by the Cockatoo community.


In 2012 the building and grounds were Heritage listed for "significant" reasons.


Through the Cardinia Shire and the Cockatoo community working in partnership with Local, State and Federal funding grants the building has been restored as an education centre to tell the story of this significant part of Victorian history.


Today the building has many photos of the struggle by communities and individuals during and after the horrific bushfires.




The Ash Wednesday Bushfire Education Centre tells the stories of the

8 major fires in Victoria on 16th February 1983, not just Cockatoo.

  • First Build; 1977
    First Build; 1977
  • The kinder
    The kinder
  • Inside after Ash Wednesday
    Inside after Ash Wednesday
  • Their Royal Highnesses the Prince and Princess of Wales
    Their Royal Highnesses the Prince and Princess of Wales
  • Left to crumble
    Left to crumble
  • The Age; Aug 2011
    The Age; Aug 2011
  • The fight begins
    The fight begins
  • Protest rally
    Protest rally
  • Protest rally
    Protest rally
  • Our memorial
    Our memorial
  • Dot Griffin
    Dot Griffin
  • Heritage Listed
    Heritage Listed
  • The build begins
    The build begins
  • The rebuild
    The rebuild
  • The rebuild
    The rebuild
  • The rebuild
    The rebuild
  • The opening
    The opening
  • Opening day
    Opening day
  • Opening day
    Opening day
  • Officially open
    Officially open
  • Saved
    Saved