Tickets for the event are completely free, but please register so we can plan for the right number of people.
The community day aims to be a mix of celebrating the Latrobe Valley communities wins and the power of community advocacy, while also respecting the enormity of the impact that the fire had and still has on our community.
The themes of the day are commemoration, reflection, and celebration.
We commemorate by acknowledging the Hazelwood Mine Fire and the devastating effects on the community. We reflect on the people whose lives were lost and pay respect to their friends and families. We acknowledge that many in the community are still experiencing the negative health impacts of the disaster.
We also celebrate the many who pulled together on the ground during the disaster to help the community. The many who played a part in the mine fire Inquiries and the many who have been a part of positive changes we’ve seen in the community since.
The program will include film screenings, panel discussions with Q&A’s, as well as local artworks and artefacts. With discussions and talks covering how far we’ve come as a community since the fire, health and wellbeing impacts, mine rehabilitation plans for Hazelwood and surrounding mines. We strongly encourage participation from the community and would like to emphasise that this is an opportunity to have your say and ask any questions you have.
There will also be music, kids activities, free lunch, community art including a collaborative mural, and free portraits for attendees run by local artists.
Accessibility – when registering your tickets you can alert us to any specific requirements you might have. Kernot Hall is an accessible venue. We will release more information around accessibility as it is confirmed.
About the team:
The event has been created as part of the impact campaign for recent film After The Smoke (2023) created by Latrobe Valley Locals Josie Hess (director) and Stephanie Sabrinskas (producer). After the Smoke was supported by ABC, Doc Society and VicScreen.
The event is in partnership with Environment Victoria, Voices of The Valley, Latrobe Health Assembly, The Mind Land Rehab Authority and The Latrobe Valley Authority.
This impact campaign was supported by The Doc Society.