Helping communities recover after natural disasters.

 

Property Owners

Click here for information about How to Establish a BlazeAid basecamp in your area.

 

Click here for information about How to get Fencing Help.

 

 

 

Please scroll down for more information.

 

 

BlazeAid is a volunteer-based organisation that works with families and individuals in rural Australia after natural disasters such as fires and floods. Working alongside the rural families, our volunteers help to rebuild fences that have been damaged or destroyed.

 

Equally important, volunteers also help to lift the spirits of people who are often facing their second or third flood event after years of drought, or devastating losses through bushfires. BlazeAid volunteers work in a disaster-affected area for many months, not only helping individuals and families, but also helping rebuild the local communities.

 

 

“We asked you to come help us rebuild our fences but you guys have done way more than that, you have helped us rebuild our broken community.  For that we are forever grateful to you and all the amazing volunteers.” 

Maree Perkins, Monto, Qld, 2013 Floods.

 

 

 

Drought Relief Assistance in Qld

 

BlazeAid is preparing to provide assistance to families in the Richmond – Julia Creek – Hughenden region of Qld who have been devastated by drought. We’ll be setting up differently to our usual Basecamp system.

 

A base in Richmond, Qld has started up on Wednesday 23 April. (Further bases at Julia Creek and Hughenden are planned).

 

Our volunteers will stay at this base for a day or two to register and for induction.

 

Volunteers must be physically fit, healthy and able-bodied, as well as mentally fit to live in isolated, very challenging conditions with families who are under a lot of stress.

Barry, the Coordinator at our base at Richmond, will decide whether volunteers are suitable to be sent to the nearby stations.

 

Volunteers will be assigned to live, stay and work with families on outback stations. They’ll be sent out to the stations in teams of 6 – 8, for a number of weeks or months at a time.

 

Jobs will include helping to repair fences, cattle yards, shearers’ quarters, water tanks and install underground water systems to cattle drinking troughs.

 

Volunteers will need to have their own suitable vehicles and accommodation (eg caravan or motorhome), and be able to live onsite at the outback station for a minimum of one week. Phone and internet communication will be minimal, and on some properties, won’t be available.

 

Volunteers must have their own Ambulance Cover.

 

 

 

Governor General Cosgrove’s visit to BlazeAid

 

Governor General

 

Australia’s new Governor General, His Excellency Sir Peter Cosgrove, and Lady Cosgrove visited our basecamp at Wandong (Victoria) on Monday, 7 April 2014. It was a wonderful, memorable day of celebrating everyone who’s helped make BlazeAid such a success.

 

 

 

 

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More BlazeAid Camp Coordinators are needed.

Would you like to volunteer as a BlazeAid Camp Coordinator? Our basecamps can only run with the help of these dedicated volunteers. If you’re interested, please click here for more information.

 

 

 

Rural Families in all Australian States If you have been affected by a natural disaster, please visit our Fencing Help page for information about having BlazeAid volunteers working with you.

Click here for information about How to Establish a BlazeAid basecamp in your area.

 

 

 

Pine Posts (ex-vineyard, cca treated) are available for free from Kilmore East for fence rebuilding after the recent fires. You’ll need to collect them yourself, as we’re not able to deliver them.

Please phone Kevin Butler on 0418 530 471 to arrange a suitable time for you to come and collect them.

 

 

2014 bushfires

For information about volunteering at one of our basecamps, please go to our Volunteering Information page.

Please check this page regularly for updates.

 

Please note - we don’t keep lists of potential volunteers, as we don’t have the resources to contact people individually. Please keep checking this website for details for the basecamps, which we’ll add as soon as they’re available.

 

 

We estimate that volunteers will be needed for at least 6-8 weeks at all of our basecamps, and longer at some basecamps.

 

 

 

Victoria

Fencing from our Victorian basecamps is underway at:

- Laharum, The Grampians – this basecamp will close on Saturday 26 April

- Wandong

- Clarkefield, near Sunbury.

 

Please visit our Contacts Page for phone numbers and email addresses. 

 

 

South Australia

Fencing in both the Rockleigh and Eden Valley areas is underway from our basecamp at Angaston (this basecamp has relocated from Palmer). – this basecamp will close on Thursday 24 April.

 

Fencing from our basecamp at Wirrabara, SA, in response to the Bangor fires in the Flinders Ranges area is underway.

 

Please visit our Contacts Page for phone numbers and email addresses.

 

The small community of Wirrabara has provided us with the use of their Recreation Reserve for our basecamp.

Recently, they had their ride on mower stolen. If anyone is willing to donate a 48″ cut ride on mower to the Wirrabara Community Group, please contact Lyn Bailey on 0400 833 262 or Eugene Ross on 0447 252 931.

 

NSW

There are currently no basecamps in NSW, and no plans to establish any.

 

 

Please check back for updates. You can also follow us on Facebook – www.facebook.com/Blazeaid .

 

 

 

 

BlazeAid President’s Report

2 October 2013

 

A thousand acts of kindness are done every day in BlazeAid by hundreds of thoughtful people.
In this report I hope to highlight many of these thoughtful deeds … Click here to read more

 

 

If you would like to see the final Fencing Statistics for 2013, please click here.

 

 

 

Donations

BlazeAid relies entirely on donations.

 

Please note, we now have a new bank account with the Bendigo Bank. 

For information about donating to BlazeAid, please visit our Donations page, which includes our Donations Wish List. You can now also donate via PayPal. Donations to BlazeAid can now be Tax Deductible – please visit our Donations page for details of how to donate to receive a tax receipt.

 

 

BlazeAid Administrator (Contractor)

BlazeAid has received a tied Funding Grant from the Thyne Reid Foundation to pay for a BlazeAid Administrator for the next two years. We are very grateful to the members of the Thyne Reid Foundation for supporting BlazeAid as our work expands.

 

With the massive increase in BlazeAid activity over the past three years, the Administrative work has increased significantly. Lyn Bailey has been a Volunteer since June 2009. She established most of the administrative and bookkeeping procedures for BlazeAid, in addition to working at various basecamps and helping run BlazeAid. She has been appointed as the BlazeAid Administrator for BlazeAid, and works as a Contractor (paid on an hourly basis for time worked).

 

When the annual funding from the Thyne Reid Foundation has been spent, Lyn will return to working as a BlazeAid Volunteer . Her position on the BlazeAid Committee continues to be in a voluntary capacity.

 

All donations received by BlazeAid will continue to go directly to our work of helping rebuild fencing and working with communities after natural disasters. Donations will not be used to fund or support the Administration position in any way.

 

 

 

BlazeAid Patron
Ian “Macca” McNamara is the Patron of BlazeAid. We thank him for his wonderful support in helping BlazeAid find volunteers to help with our fence rebuilding. ABC radio and TV have been invaluable in their support of BlazeAid since its inception in 2009. Hundreds of our volunteers have heard about BlazeAid through the ABC, especially on Macca s Australia All Over. We look forward to a long ongoing relationship with the ABC, especially with Macca on Sunday mornings.

 

 

Please visit our Noticeboard page for updates, including:

Cathy Gagiero’s book, The Curse of Verse. Cathy will donate 10% of sales of her book to BlazeAid.

Interviews with BlazeAid volunteers, including Martine Harte’s interview with Rhonda Butler for her Engaging Women website.

 

 

Please check this website regularly for updates.

 

 

BlazeAid volunteers:

Not just rebuilding fences, but helping rebuild lives.