Welcome to BlazeAid – 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 and other structures 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.
Not just rebuilding fences, but helping rebuild lives.
“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 Flood
COVID-19 update – 24 March 2020
In order to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, as from Friday 27/3/2020 12:00pm and until further notice, BlazeAid will not accept any local or new volunteers in their camps.
This excludes volunteers already accepted/approved (including diversions from other camps) and on their way, due to arrive prior to Friday 27/3/2020 12:00pm.
If your arrival has been accepted/approved, and you cannot arrive until then, please contact the camp coordinator.
BlazeAid Position Statement regarding COVID-19
At a meeting of the Board of BlazeAid on 16 March, the BlazeAid Health Response Sub-Committee presented their “BlazeAid COVID-19 Best Practice” documents.
This set of documents – outlining a combination of mandatory and recommended practices to be undertaken by BlazeAid Base Camps from 17 March 2020 – was passed unanimously by the Board.
The documentation, which has been collated and sourced from published information from Federal and State Health Authorities covers additional requirements and measures for all camps and volunteers to minimise the risk of, exposure to and spread of, COVID-19 to our volunteers, farmers and local communities.
These detailed documents will be delivered to all Camp Co-ordinators for immediate action and form part of our extensive safety documentation. Each co-ordinator will be reinforcing the relevant requirements at every daily Morning Safety Muster. These documents are obviously subject to change, as the need and directives from relevant health authorities require.
Aside from a very strong emphasis of the much advertised personal hygiene and social measures, the main points of note include:
- No NEW camps will be established until further notice.
- Volunteers over the age of 75 will NOT be accepted as volunteers
- New Volunteer Survey in place to screen out high risk health, travel & contact compromised potential volunteers before they arrive at camps
- No school groups to volunteer until further notice
- Detailed information on social isolation / health measures in cases of volunteers becoming unwell at a camp
- Information on how and when volunteers should be directed for testing if the need arises
- Installment of a 24/7 Hotline accessible to all Camp Co-ordinators to immediately deal with issues as they arise.
- Disseminated information fact sheets and info graphics from relevant Federal & State Health Departments
BlazeAid also highlights, and will enforce, the newly announced Federal mandate that ANY person arriving in Australia from overseas must self-isolate for 14 days as announced by Prime Minister Scott Morrison on 15 March 2020.
This comprehensive set of documentation is aimed at protecting not only the extremely important work of BlazeAid, but all of our volunteers and associated communities.
SeaLink fare – Kangaroo Island
BlazeAid will pay half the cost for vehicles, trailers and caravans on the ferry. Pay the full return fare and after all the occupants of the vehicle have worked 5 days with BlazeAid, send the SeaLink invoice and your bank details to blazeaid.kangaroo email@example.com. Half the return fare will be credited to your bank account after the camp closes.
At the Annual General Meeting held on 16 October 2019 the BlazeAid Committee for 2018/2019 presented by Dennis Livingston, Treasurer of BlazeAid, presented Co-Founders Kevin and Rhonda Butler Life Membership of BlazeAid. This award was in recognition of forethought to not only establish BlazeAid but also in sincere appreciation of outstanding loyalty and dedication to the organisation since 2009.
This award recognises the commitment demonstrated towards the organisation, including its volunteers, programs, activities and ideals.
BLAZEAID 10 YEAR REUNION
Was Celebrated in Cobden on the weekend of 2nd-4th November 2019 to celebrate BlazeAid’s 10 Year Anniversary. A Great Time was had by all who attended.
Rural communities 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.
Please click here for information about How to Establish a BlazeAid basecamp in your area.
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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 check this website regularly for updates.
Not just rebuilding fences, but helping rebuild lives.