Communities at Work’s involvement in the 2003 ACT Bushfire

Communities at Work played a key role during and after the fires, and the Galilee School site in Kambah was heavily impacted, with all but a few buildings completely destroyed. If you've been around for a while, you may remember some of these activities.. For instance, did you know we:

  • Opened the Tuggeranong Community Centre to provide support for those fighting and escaping the fires.
  • Delivered counselling to those affected by the fires.
  • Led or participated in community and government networks to help manage the recovery and rehabilitation process.
  • Worked on the ACT Bushfire Recovery Taskforce, which developed the concept of the National Arboretum.
  • Ran a “Celebration of Families” in Weston Creek with other community groups, enjoyed by over 3,500 people.
  • Relaunched the Weston Creek festival, which had ceased running 10 years earlier.
  • Organised a giant mural on the wall of the Weston Creek Community Centre at Cooleman Court.
  • Helped Mt Taylor Estate residents carve their story into a 150-year-old gumtree as a time capsule.
  • Organised a Community Safety Field Day for families to show emergency preparedness and recovery demos.
  • Opened the ACT Bushfire Memorial at Stromlo Forest Park.


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