Following the 2009 Victorian bushfires, more than $401 million was raised through relief efforts both nationally and internationally, with about 80% of this allocated to individuals and families. The remaining funds were assigned directly to community recovery projects, and the Victorian Bushfire Appeal Fund (VBAF) wanted to ensure that communities managed the funds locally.
VBAF established a Community Advisory Committee made up of representatives of the bushfire affected areas. Community groups and individuals from the Marysville and Triangle areas were invited to put forward proposals for the use of this money. A public meeting was organised by the Marysville and Triangle Community Advisory Committee representatives in Marysville in July 2011. Community members discussed a number of initiatives, with a large majority supporting the establishment of a community foundation aimed to provide continued assistance to the rebuilding and recovery efforts.
And so the Marysville and Triangle Community Foundation was formed.
The Foundation was initially granted $1 million from VBAF to use to benefit the wider Murrindindi Shire area. This support was to be provided by delivering services, making grants and undertaking community leadership and partnership activities.
Three inaugural board members (Tony Thompson, Clive Clayton and Robyn Hill) commenced the process of establishing the Foundation in November 2012. Recruitment of new board members started in January 2013 and an information session was held in April 2013. The full board met in June and then held a planning session in July 2013 to develop a strategic approach to its formation, governance, fundraising and granting roles.
The first Executive Officer was appointed on 4 February 2014.