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Letter - Premier of Victoria John Brumby to Christopher Lassig, Department of Sustainability & Environment, Melbourne, 2009 Document Reg. No: HT 27700

Summary:
Letter from premier John Brumby to Victorian Public Servants who rallied together during the 2009 Black Saturday Bushfires and during the recovery thereafter. In the letter he expresses his pride in the work of the public service and says "whether you fought on the front line or worked behind the scenes, I cannot thank you enough for your hard work and tireless dedication to our community. The people of Victoria join me in offering our heartfelt gratitude for your exceptional contribution, compassion and self sacrifice." The letter accompanies a commemorative pin and asks the recipient to wear it with pride. Although the letter is undated the recipient, Dr Chris Lassig, received it in the second half of 2009.
Description:
Single page letter on Premier of Victoria letterhead. Signed by John Brumby MP, Premier of Victoria.
Statement Of Significance:
This letter, sent on behalf of the Premier to everyone involved in the emergency response to the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires, is significant because it captures in official language the community's understanding of the role played by many people who were not 'on the front lines'. Unprecedented media coverage of the bushfires and their aftermath led to greater public attention on the many people who worked 'behind the scenes' to fight and then recover from the fires and this is reflected in the official recognition of all those who contributed.The letter also captures some of the most sensitive issues surrounding how we talk about bushfires: the use of military metaphors, the effect on community and the insistence that the 2009 bushfires were 'unprecedented' when the evidence of 1851, 1989, 1939 and 1983, among many other years, suggests otherwise.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Dr Chris Lassig, 2010
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 35 mm (Height), 30 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: bushfires, bushfire prevention, commemorative medals, public service
Themes this item is part of: The Premier Speaks about the Thank You Gift, Public Life & Institutions Collection, Sustainable Futures Collection, Victorian Bushfires Collection
Primary Classification: SUSTAINABILITY
Secondary Classification: Natural Disasters
Tertiary Classification: bushfires
Inscriptions: The text of the letter reads:
'Dear Colleague
2009 BLACK SATURDAY BUSHFIRE CAMPAIGN COMMEMORATIVE PIN
On behalf of all Victorians, I would like to thank you for your extraordinary courage and commitment during the 2009 bushfires.
The fire storms that swept across our State on February 7 were unprecedented in their intensity, ferocity and scale. They destroyed families and communities across Victoria and inflicted a terrible loss on us all. I know some of you lost your own homes and property. Others have lost family, friends, and colleagues - or know someone who has.
I am personally very proud of the work you have done and continue to do for our State.
You came together under enormous pressure from across Victoria, interstate and overseas to protect our State - and together you showed us the true meaning of community spirit.
Whether you fought on the front line or worked behind the scenes, I cannot thank you enough for your hard work and tireless dedication to our community.
The people of Victoria join me in offering our heartfelt gratitude for your exceptional contribution, compassion and self-sacrifice.
I hope you wear this commemorative pin with pride.
Yours sincerely,
John Brumby MP
Premier of Victoria'
Recipient: Dr Christopher Lassig - Department of Sustainability and Environment Organisational Risk Information & Business Technology, Australia, 2009
Authorised By: Right Honourable John Brumby - State Government of Victoria, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 2009
Place & Date Depicted: Victoria, 07 Feb 2009

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