Helping communities recover after natural disasters.


In Loving Memory of Long Bob (Bob Cross, Westdale, via Tamworth)

Long Bob Legend 1


Long Bob is a BlazeAid Legend. He first came to BlazeAid at Kev’s Shed in 2009, where he was known as “Bob from Tamworth.” He eventually became know to one and all as Long Bob.


Long Bob will be remembered with love and affection by all he met. From his ready smile, cheeky sense of humour, genuine desire to help all people he came into contact with, to his seemingly endless energy, Long Bob made a lasting impression on us all.


He was up before most to cook breakfast (including his famous porridge), and was usually still working after tea, helping to wash or dry dishes, cleaning - whatever needed to be done.







Long Bob writing one of his many letters (2)



Long Bob was well known for his letter-writing. Whenever there was a bit of spare time, Bob loved to keep in touch with friends. The local post office at each camp knew him well. He received more mail than anyone else – even many of the locals!





IMG_1141    Long Bob with the fencing sign

We thought Long Bob would just keep on going, and be with us at basecamps for years to come. He passed away in his sleep, while staying with friends on his trip through WA.


He will be sorely missed, but his name will live on in our hearts, and tales of Long Bob will be told with tears and much laughter whenever BlazeAiders come together.


We’re thankful that Long Bob came to Kev’s Shed in 2009, and that he’s been part of our BlazeAid family. Our lives would have been the poorer for not having met this wonderful, loving, caring, fun-loving gentleman.



Long Bob’s family have asked if people who knew Bob would write a short note about where they met him, and a story or anecdote from their time with him. They’d also appreciate a photo of you, so they can put a face to the many names of Long Bob’s BlazeAid friends.

Please feel free to mail or email these to BlazeAid, and we’ll send them on to Long Bob’s family.



Long Bob’s funeral will be on Friday 3 October, 10.30am at St Paul’s Anglican Church, Church St, West Tamworth.
Bob’s family has kindly invited BlazeAiders to stay in the paddock at Bob’s – you’ll need to be self-contained (ie your own showers, toilets, water), and provide all your own meals. You’re welcome to arrive on Thursday afternoon (2 October), and to stay after the funeral on Friday and Saturday nights.
We ask you to please respect that the family will be getting ready to farewell their Dad, Pa, Brother, so please don’t arrive earlier than Thursday afternoon.


If any BlazeAid volunteers would like a T-shirt to wear on Friday and don’t already have one, please contact Lyn and let her know your size (Men’s sizes). She’ll try to bring it for you.

It would be lovely if volunteers could also wear their BlazeAid nametags. Lyn will bring some spares along.


In lieu of flowers at Long Bob’s funeral, his family has invited people to make a donation to BlazeAid instead. They feel that Bob would have preferred this, to having a lot of flowers that won’t last long.

For anyone who’d like to do this, please visit our Donations Page for details.





Property Owners

Click here for information about How to Establish a BlazeAid basecamp in your area.


Click here for information about How to get Fencing Help.




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BlazeAid is a volunteer-based organisation that works with families and individuals in rural Australia after natural disasters such as fires and floods. Working alongside the rural families, our volunteers help to rebuild fences that have been damaged or destroyed.


Equally important, volunteers also help to lift the spirits of people who are often facing their second or third flood event after years of drought, or devastating losses through bushfires. BlazeAid volunteers work in a disaster-affected area for many months, not only helping individuals and families, but also helping rebuild the local communities.



“We asked you to come help us rebuild our fences but you guys have done way more than that, you have helped us rebuild our broken community.  For that we are forever grateful to you and all the amazing volunteers.” 

Maree Perkins, Monto, Qld, 2013 Floods.



Open Garden - Mandurang near Bendigo


Native Garden Open Day at 258 Tannery Lane, Mandurang,

10 minutes south of Bendigo.

$5 entry fee. Proceeds to BlazeAid and Bible League.

Saturday 11 October – 10am – 5pm

Sunday 12 October – Midday – 5pm













BlazeAid President’s Report

6 August 2014


The success of BlazeAid in Australia since 2009 is simply stunning.

Up to $25million worth of natural disaster recovery assistance for rural people has been completed.  … Click here to read more



BlazeAid’s Work 2009 – 2014 

Click here to see statistics of the work completed by BlazeAid since 2009.

These figures show the amazing amount of work done by our volunteers. However, they don’t reflect the humanitarian impact our volunteers have on the local communities. The help and hope that BlazeAid brings to rural families after natural disasters can’t be quantified, but is even more important than the fencing and other work completed.




Volunteers are needed for the Tuppal Food and Fibre Festival in Tocumwal, NSW, in October 2014

This Festival runs from Friday 17 October to Sunday 19 October 2014. There is work to be done from Monday 6 to Tues 21 October to help set up, run, and pack up for the event.

Please visit our Volunteering Information page for more details.




All of our basecamps for 2014 have closed for this year. 


However, there are a few people who could still do with some help.

If anyone is available to help out, it would be a private arrangement between you and the rural family – ie, you would not be a BlazeAid volunteer, and would not be covered by our insurance. 

Please visit our Volunteering Information page for more details.



2014 Drought Relief Assistance in Qld

Work from our Qld Drought Relief camps has finished.


Our camp at Richmond has closed.


Our camp at Julia Creek has closed.


Click here to hear the ABC’s interview: “Virginia Tapp talks to BlazeAid volunteers helping out with the drought.”




2014 bushfires.


Please note – we don’t keep lists of potential volunteers, as we don’t have the resources to contact people individually. Please keep checking this website for details for the basecamps, which we’ll add as soon as they’re available.




Fencing from our Victorian basecamps has finished.


Our basecamp at Laharum, The Grampians has closed.


Our basecamp at Wandong has closed.


Our basecamp at Clarkefield has closed.



South Australia


Fencing from our South Australian basecamps has finished.


Our basecamp at Angaston (previously Palmer), SA has closed.


Our basecamp at Wirrabara, SA has closed.


Heartfelt thanks go to PFG Australia who donated a ride-on mower to the Wirrabara Recreation Reserve after theirs was stolen earlier this year. Well done to Camp Coordinator, Eugene Ross, who brought it to fruition.



There are currently no basecamps in NSW, and no plans to establish any.




Governor General Cosgrove’s visit to BlazeAid


Governor General


Australia’s new Governor General, His Excellency Sir Peter Cosgrove, and Lady Cosgrove visited our basecamp at Wandong (Victoria) on Monday, 7 April 2014. It was a wonderful, memorable day of celebrating everyone who’s helped make BlazeAid such a success.





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More BlazeAid Camp Coordinators are needed.

Would you like to volunteer as a BlazeAid Camp Coordinator? Our basecamps can only run with the help of these dedicated volunteers. If you’re interested, please click here for more information.




Rural landowners in all Australian States If you have been affected by a natural disaster, please visit our Fencing Help page for information about having BlazeAid volunteers working with you.

Click here for information about How to Establish a BlazeAid basecamp in your area.





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BlazeAid relies entirely on donations.


Please note, we now have a new bank account with the Bendigo Bank. 

For information about donating to BlazeAid, please visit our Donations page, which includes our Donations Wish List. You can now also donate via PayPal. Donations to BlazeAid can now be Tax Deductible – please visit our Donations page for details of how to donate to receive a tax receipt.



BlazeAid Administrator (Contractor)

BlazeAid has received a tied Funding Grant from the Thyne Reid Foundation to pay for a BlazeAid Administrator for May 2013 to May 2015. We are very grateful to the members of the Thyne Reid Foundation for supporting BlazeAid as our work expands.


With the massive increase in BlazeAid activity over the past three years, the Administrative work has increased significantly. Lyn Bailey has been a Volunteer since June 2009. She established most of the administrative and bookkeeping procedures for BlazeAid, in addition to working at various basecamps and helping run BlazeAid. She has been appointed as the BlazeAid Administrator for BlazeAid, and works as a Contractor (paid on an hourly basis for time worked).


When the annual funding from the Thyne Reid Foundation has been spent, Lyn will return to working as a BlazeAid Volunteer . Her position on the BlazeAid Committee continues to be in a voluntary capacity.


All donations received by BlazeAid will continue to go directly to our work of helping rebuild fencing and working with communities after natural disasters. Donations will not be used to fund or support the Administration position in any way.




BlazeAid Patron
Ian “Macca” McNamara is the Patron of BlazeAid. We thank him for his wonderful support in helping BlazeAid find volunteers to help with our fence rebuilding. ABC radio and TV have been invaluable in their support of BlazeAid since its inception in 2009. Hundreds of our volunteers have heard about BlazeAid through the ABC, especially on Macca s Australia All Over. We look forward to a long ongoing relationship with the ABC, especially with Macca on Sunday mornings.



Please visit our Noticeboard page for updates, including:

Cathy Gagiero’s book, The Curse of Verse. Cathy will donate 10% of sales of her book to BlazeAid.

Interviews with BlazeAid volunteers, including Martine Harte’s interview with Rhonda Butler for her Engaging Women website.



Please check this website regularly for updates.



BlazeAid volunteers:

Not just rebuilding fences, but helping rebuild lives.