Bombala BlazeAid volunteers self isolating

About 35 volunteers working with BlazeAid have been camping at the Bombala Showground while they go out to local properties and help farmers rebuild fences destroyed in the devastating fires earlier this year.

BlazeAid Bombala at the Delegate show with Snowy Monaro mayor Peter Beer and BlazeAid's David Maplesden, Kiwi, David and Tushay.

BlazeAid Bombala at the Delegate show with Snowy Monaro mayor Peter Beer and BlazeAid's David Maplesden, Kiwi, David and Tushay.

BlazeAid is a registered 'Not for Profit' organisation that has been acting as a central coordinating body to recover fences after fires.

They are camping at the Bombala Showground using it as a base to house equipment and materials.

The volunteers have been providing free labour to anyone in the area that needs it to recover fencing.

Bombala coordinator for BlazeAid, Stuart Beazley said that currently the volunteers were self-isolating at the showground when they weren't out assisting local farmers.

"The main focus at the present time is on Coronavirus and we are not taking any new volunteers with volunteers in camp self isolating and asked not to leave camp unless absolutely necessary," he said.

BlazeAid evolved from the ashes of Black Saturday on February 8, 2009 when the urgent need for fences to be rebuilt and communities restored.

It came about through Kilmore East farmers, Kevin and Rhonda Butlerwhose fences were burnt and they needed to quickly secure their 1,500 sheep. The Butler's sought assistance from family, friends and local volunteers.

The task that would have taken them months to do was completed within a week and the Butler's went on to try and help others.

Since then thousands of long and short term BlazeAid volunteers have helped rebuild fences for bush fire survivors.

In true Aussie style, BlazeAid volunteers have not only rebuilt fences, they have helped restore the spirits of those people who have lost family, friends, pets, stock and homes through bushfire.

"BlazeAid's work over these months could not have been achieved without the generosity of the many donors, sponsors, volunteer groups, individuals and businesses who have assisted with tools, equipment, food and accommodation," Mr Beazley said.

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