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Thursday, 27 January 2011

Read Jacinta Allan's Parliament speech supporting flood affected communities 

For Grants look here

Support needed for flood affected Loddon Shire - Media Release 

For Government assistance go to the DHS site here

To donate to the Red Cross Victorian Floods Appeal go to the Appeal site here

Telstra Media Release on assistance for flood affected customers here

Vic Roads traffic alerts here

Councils need financial buffer to defer local rate payments for flood-affected residents - Daniel Andrews, Leader of the Opposition - see Media Release here

The City of Greater Bendigo's Economic Development Unit - Support for all directly and indirectly flood affected small businesses - see Media Release here

North Central Catchment Management Authority - Authority to address flood debris in waterways - Media Release


BlazeAid Media Release from Kevin Butler

BlazeAid began after the February 7th 2009, ‘Black Saturday' bushfires that devastated many areas of Victoria.

From Kevin Butler and his wife Rhonda in Kilmore East the natural idea of helping your neighbour restore damaged rural fencing evolved an army of volunteers helping the wider community.

That idea became known as BlazeAid and eventually involved 3200 volunteers from all over Australia. The volunteers dismantled 600 kilometres of burnt fencing to enable new fencing to be erected. Over a ten month period 500 kilometres of fencing was rebuilt on 400 properties in an area that stretched over 250 kilometres from Kilmore East to Marysville and from St. Andrews to Narbethong.

BlazeAid quickly realized that the provision of practical help in its many different forms removed considerable stress from the fire affected families. As well as the fences, bridges were built, dangerous burnt trees were safely felled, burnt sheds were dismantled, hundreds of hours of ProBono legal advice were organised, and even a wedding was planned!

Fencing tools and equipment, valued at approximately $100,000, which includes post holes augurs, wire spinners, wire strainers, safety equipment and chainsaws were purchased through the kind donations by the people of Australia. For every dollar donated, approximately $100 worth of reconstruction work has been done.

This equipment has been in storage and in readiness for the next inevitable natural disaster that will unfortunately occur in Australia. Our goal is to be ready to help in the first days after the disaster. The survivors need to see normality returning to their lives and to their communities. Fences are an integral part of life in the country. The building of fences has provided considerable healing for the communities and individuals.

Sadly, another disaster has hit Victoria with flooding through a wide ranging expanse of north central Victoria. BlazeAid has heard the call for help and is mobilising its volunteer network in response.

BlazeAid has established a base in the small but severely impacted township of Bridgewater On Loddon in direct support of the Loddon Shire. The Base is located at the Bridgewater Recreation Reserve under the control of volunteer Tony Rice. Tony is a local from Bridgewater who has raised his hand to assist BlazeAid mobilise its capability to support the devastated rural community in the flood damaged areas of the Loddon Shire. Many requests from the severely impacted rural community are already being received. The BlazeAid volunteer network has been activated but the call for many more volunteers needs to get out wide and clear.

The success of BlazeAid revolved around developing a system or model which aimed to find the best method of meaningfully assisting the fire affected survivors and to help them rebuild their fences and their lives. This model included having survivors and volunteers work alongside each other whenever this was possible. The survivors provided the fencing materials and the BlazeAid volunteers provided the expertise and labour to erect the fences. It doesn't matter whether volunteers have fencing experience or not, the call is for all those willing and able to lend a helping hand to those Victorians now in need of our help. Volunteering is as easy as turning up at the 7.30am muster and registration process commencing Monday 24 January at the Bridgewater Recreation Reserve. Volunteers can go to the BlazeAid website at for more details about the volunteering process and other background information.

Media outlets can gain further information by contacting the BlazeAid founder, Kevin Butler Mobile 0418 530 471, or the Admin Office 0466348408 or by email at Alternatively for local media they can contact the BlazeAid Bridgewater Fencing Coordinator on 54373001 from Monday 24 January. BlazeAid address: 70 Kilmore East Rd, Kilmore East, Victoria 3764.

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