BlazeAid sets up base in Maffra

WELLINGTON Shire Council is hosting BlazeAid, with a base camp established in Maffra.

The presence of BlazeAid will enable fire affected farms to have their damaged fences rapidly rebuilt in areas including Seaton, Licola, Glenmaggie and Coongulla.

BlazeAid is a volunteer-based organisation which works with farmers and families in rural Australia after natural disasters such as fires and floods.

Working alongside the affected farmers, BlazeAid volunteers help to rebuild fences which have been damaged or destroyed.

Mayor Scott Rossetti said this would help ensure the rapid rebuilding of the agricultural sector.

“Fences are a critical first step in seeing the land returning to its productive capacity again,” Cr Rossetti said.

“The rebuilding effort is also an essential part of bolstering the farming families’ peace of mind, confidence and financial security into the future.”

Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer should visit the BlazeAid website, www.

blazeaid.com, to join the Maffra base camp.

Cr Rossetti was one of the first people to register.

In the meantime, anyone wanting to support the BlazeAid effort can donate fencing equipment, tools or much needed funds via the BlazeAid website.

The Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund is also accepting cash donations.