Media Release - BlazeAid brings Hope to Farmers
Following the 2017 Boxing Day storms that ripped through a narrow corridor with such violent devastation, Council’s Acting Mayor, Cr Kathy Duff quickly enlisted the help of BlazeAid to come and offer assistance to South Burnett farmers and residents to clean up their properties.
Within a week of receiving Cr Duff’s call, BlazeAid had a small group of volunteers camped at Murgon’s PCYC all ready and willing to help where needed. Since then this small group grew to a total of 31 registered volunteers with an average age of 67 years! This small army has worked on 36 farms, with only 10 registered properties yet to be finalised. BlazeAid have cleared 46 km of fences with a total work value of $70,000.
“In the aftermath of storms such as this, people are often overwhelmed with just the sheer magnitude of work needed to be done and “where do I start” is often the first thought that comes to mind.” Cr Kathy Duff said. “With the assistance of BIEDO, BlazeAid, South Burnett’s rural Chaplain, Neville Radecker and Linda O’Hare from Graham House, through Council’s Local Recovery Group, residents and farmers have been able to get back on their feet, obtain financial and mental/emotional assistance.”
Murgon local Joan Adams grasped the epic challenge to feed this wonderful group of volunteers with both hands. She has been supported by a number of local community groups and individuals who have come in to cook meals and give donations of fresh food for all the meals.
This Friday, a dinner will be held at the Murgon PCYC where the community will farewell the last of the BlazeAid volunteers before they head off to their next assignment.
“In the aftermath of these storms, the support given to affected residents from the local community groups and individuals, has just highlighted and reinforced my belief that we as an entire community are at our most resilient and powerful” said Mayor Keith Campbell “With the support of volunteer organisations such as BlazeAid and individuals, we have been able to help those affected get back on the road to normality.”
Photo (L-R): Deputy Mayor Cr Kathy Duff, BlazeAid Coordinator Brian Carr, Food Coordinator Joan Adams and Murgon Business & Development Assoc. Inc President Leo Gerahty