Used by residents to shelter from a bushfire that swept through Cockatoo, Ash Wednesday Bushfire Education Centre was used on the 16th of February in 1983. A former kindergarten that turned to a state of disrepair, the community rallied together and saved the building with help from Heritage Victoria. Chairman of AWBEC explains, “the committee of management is very happy with the durability of Replas furniture and have since purchased a picnic table and seats to compliments the public BBQ at the rear of the building.” The recycled plastic Daintree Seat has a relaxed slanted back and is readily available in your choice of three sizes or can be custom-made to almost any length, making it the perfect choice. “After receiving grants from the Federal Government, local council and Heritage Victoria the building was refurbished and now contains storyboards, photos, videos, newspapers and touchscreens for people to remember the fateful events that affected seven communities across Victoria in 1983,” said Graham.
The building is staffed by volunteers and is open to the public 11am to 3pm on Saturdays and Sundays.