BFA 2009







My thoughts this week are with the people of Victoria as they come to grips with the devastation of the weekend's bush fire disaster, the full extent of which is not yet fully known.


I am sure that you would have seen the terrible images of destruction over the past days and I urge all members of our community to do what they can to help those who have been devastated by these fires.


The Red Cross has issued a call for blood donations to assist burns victims as well as establishing the Victorian Bush Fire Appeal 2009.


Donations can be made by phoning 1800 811 700 or by visiting:


For further information please refer to the State Government of Victoria Website.


I thank the many men and women involved in the fire fighting effort and those people providing invaluable support services in the region.