Sheds, Houses, Bricks and Mortar.
Over the past 21 months we have all taken more than a passing interest in the bricks and mortar rebuilds or otherwise in our community. From January until July 2020 we watched Grocon and private contractors complete clean ups of rubble, destroyed homes and sheds. Since that time, we see some land for sale, short term modular homes popping up and a number of beautiful new homes either complete or under construction. Other properties sit in waiting whilst owners plan their futures- either relocate or rebuild?
Richard Teychenne is the Bushfire Recovery Co-Ordinator of Building and Infrastructure and has been very involved in supporting impacted families in their rebuilds or relocation. Richard was himself directly impacted in the 2009 Dellburn Fires, losing his home in Boolarra. He has first hand lived experience of the emotions, challenges and the complex process of a rebuild.
Richard has been collecting data which helps clarify the current situation in Sarsfield. This data is everchanging due to the fluid nature of rebuilds and the personal decisions of property owners but gives a good indication of the state of play within Sarsfield.
Census data shows 625 people resided in Sarsfield (181 families). There were 276 dwellings of which 77 were lost in the Black Summer Bushfires. 204 sheds were also lost, and many other homes and sheds were damaged but “repairable”. The building losses in Sarsfield were approximately 25% of the buildings lost across East Gippsland.
Bushfire Recovery Victoria (Grocon) completed 134 Sarsfield Clean Ups (some others done through Insurance Companies), 33 Home and Shed Planning Permits have been granted by Council, 45 Shed and Home Building Permits approved and 8 Certificates of Occupancy for completed home rebuilds. Sixteen Short Term Modular Homes have been provided in Sarsfield enabling residents to live on their property whilst awaiting their rebuild.