Contributed by AEMI
Produced by the State Government of Victoria, the 2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission web site is a comprehensive portal containing a wide quantity of information on all aspects of the Royal Commission. The portal explains the role of the Royal Commission, details the Community Consultation process and the community sessions that were conducted as a part of the Commission, provides the public submissions received by the Commission and the hearing transcripts.
Visitors to the site can view the exhibits that were introduced as evidence during the Commission’s hearings and can search for exhibits using free text search boxes. It also contains the interim and final reports that were delivered to the Governor of Victoria on 31 July, 2010 and discussion papers and media releases from the Commission over the duration of the Commission.
Other poignant additions to the site are images of the artistic works from the four exhibitions from the Black Saturday Gallery which was located in the foyer of the hearing rooms during the Commission. These exhibitions featured works by artists from Kinglake, Marysville, Buxton, Acheron and Healesville. The Gallery was an important part of the Commission’s connection with the community. Not only did it add interest and colour to the public sitting and viewing area; it offered the opportunity for people to tell their stories and share their journeys through their art. Six images from the four exhibitions that were held are on the covers of the volumes of the Commission’s interim and final reports.