Winton 2019

WINTON 2019 – Queensland Floods
Camp Status: OPEN – CLOSING 5TH JULY 2019

Fencing Starting:  26 March 2019
Address:  Winton Showgrounds
Barry Thompson  0417 093 911

BEFORE ARRIVING: Please contact the basecamp a day or two prior to your intended arrival so we can plan ahead and discuss arrangements. 


Dog baiting ( wild dogs) season is now in full swing and property owners around

Winton property owners are very wary of having outside dogs on their properties. Volunteers travelling with dogs may not be able to go onto properties.

  • We prefer people to volunteer for a minimum period of one week on their property.
  • Volunteers do not need any special skills however if you have a particular skill, we may, with your permission, utilize that skill to the benefit of the property.
  • Volunteers will not be involved in the disposal of any cattle carcasses due to the possible presence of disease.
  • Depending on the work to be done and the wishes of the property owner, generally, only one couple will go to each property or where two couples might be travelling together, we will endeavor to send both couples to the same property.
  • Power, water, toilet and shower facilities will be available on the property.
  • Very few properties are located on a sealed road so you must be prepared to travel on gravel, and perhaps a muddy or dusty road.
  • For safety reasons, it is BlazeAid’s policy not to send one volunteer alone to a property. Solo volunteers might need to wait for another solo to arrive or they may be sent as a third person to a property.
  • Mobile phone signals can be very patchy or even non-existent in some areas.

VOLUNTEERS will be responsible for:

  • providing their own accommodation (caravan/motorhome/tent, etc). Generally, properties do not have sleeping accommodation or cooking facilities available for volunteers so you must be self-sufficient if possible.
  • catering for their own meals. BlazeAid can assist with some food items prior to you travelling to your property.   Some properties may assist with meals however, we don’t want to place an extra burden on those who have been devastated by the flood.  Do not expect that you will be catered for.
  • ensuring their tetanus vaccination is up to date and that they are covered for ambulance transport.  Medicare & our insurerdo not cover the cost of emergency transport or other ambulance services and it can be quite expensive in the ‘outback’.

MEDICAL:  There is a chemist in Winton but make sure you have sufficient medication before arriving.

INSURANCE: As a condition of BlazeAid’s insurance, volunteers are not permitted to ride motor cycles, quad bikes, or ride in the back of utilities or trailers while on a property.   As a general rule, a volunteer should not be on or in any conveyance that is not fitted with a seatbelt. Volunteers between 12 yrs and 80 yrs are insured while working with BlazeAid.

Dogs: While BazeAid has no objection to you bringing your pet dog, most property owners have numerous working dogs and might not want another dog on their property.  There are exceptions.

 What To Bring: Old clothes – preferably long pants and long sleeved shirt (needed to help protect you from sunburn and barbed wire scratches), a broad-brimmed hat and sturdy footware.  Sunscreen and insect repellent might be useful.

We will provide Personal Protective Equipment however, if you have some good working gloves, we would appreciate it if you brought them with you.


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