BlazeAid welcomed to the Shire
Publish Date: 02/08/2016
Moira Shire Mayor Gary Cleveland has welcomed BlazeAid and its volunteers to the Shire.
The organisation has established a basecamp at Wunghnu Recreation Reserve and is working to assist dairy farmers in the region.
"BlazeAid is known for its work following major flood and fire events, and it's terrific to see their volunteers assisting our dairy farmers during the current situation facing them.
"I want to personally thank them for their commitment and giving their time and talents so freely to help others in need.
“At the moment there are about 10 volunteers helping our local farmers, but more are expected to move in and out until the end of September,” he said.
Volunteers include grey nomads, local service clubs and church groups, work for the dole participants or even university students.
"The volunteers come from a diverse background and are ready, willing and able to assist our farmers.
"It's great to see such a diverse range of people helping our dairy farmers and I commend the work they are doing.
"The volunteers undertake a range of work on farm including fencing, painting, gardening and mowing or even babysitting. They can also just be there for someone to talk to.
BlazeAid was originally established in 2009 after the Black Saturday bushfires to help fix farm fences and has since grown across Australia.
Anyone wanting to volunteer or seek help can call Malcolm McIntosh on 0437 817 330.