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One year on: Morwell and the 2014 Hazelwood Mine fire

This report, based on the experiences and feedback of community and social services working in Morwell, highlights the long-term impacts of the Hazelwood Mine fire including:

  • Loss of pride in the community, lack of trust in the rebuilding process, and the need for further community building activities to help it recover from the fire
  • Ongoing difficulties and lack of funding for community and social services organisations to respond fully to the complex and diverse needs of their clients
  • Operational challenges for community service organisations that have had to shut down essential services, lost revenue and face ongoing staffing issues.