Helping communities recover after natural disasters.
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 and other structures 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.
Rural communities 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.
Please click here for information about How to Establish a BlazeAid basecamp in your area.
BlazeAlert is a community phone-tree directory where people can self-register to participate. It provides a communication network among rural property owners to alert each other about fires in their area.
BlazeAlert is being piloted in the Mitchell Shire for the 2014/15 fire season, in conjunction with local CFA brigades. They will be conducting information and training sessions for registered BlazeAlerters. We anticipate BlazeAlert expanding to other parts of Australia in 2015.
Click here to visit the BlazeAlert page.
Click here to read the article BlazeAlert’s community and CFA link in the North Central Review on Tuesday 4 November 2014.
Bolinda Vale – Open Garden and Christmas Fair
Fundraiser for BlazeAid.
A rare opportunity to visit this magnificent property and also enjoy the festive atmosphere of a Christmas Fair.
Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th December
Open 10.00am to 4.30pm
Guided Tours 11am and 2pm each day
1556 Lancefield Road, Clarkefield, Vic
(Only 50km, 40 min from Melbourne CBD)
Entry $12. (Under 18 free)
This beautiful traditional country garden has been further enhanced by an exciting new area created by landscape designer Phillip Johnson, winner of ‘Best in Show’ at the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show in 2013.
Phillip’s design for Bolinda Vale also recently won a Residential Landscape Award by Landscaping Victoria.
You can enjoy locally produced wines and olive oils, home-made produce and products, a Clarkefield CFA BBQ, a coffee van and plants for sale.
Phillip Johnson will conduct guided tours of the garden at 11am and 2pm each day.
Stalls will include:
Lambley Nursery Plants
Curly Flat Wines
Michel’s Fine Biscuits
ElaeoCarpus and Mount View Olive Oils
Willie Wildlife Sculptures
Harvest Organics Aprons
Bee Loveable Honey Products …and more
Proceeds raised to support BlazeAid
Click here to visit Open Gardens Australia for more information.
Please visit our Noticeboard – In Memorium Page for our tribute to Long Bob. (Bob Cross of Westdale, via Tamworth).
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.
All of our basecamps for 2014 have closed.
Work from our Victorian, South Australian and Queensland basecamps has finished.
Please visit our Volunteering Information page for more details.
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 of future basecamps after natural disasters.
Click here to find us on Facebook.
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.
Governor General Cosgrove’s visit to BlazeAid
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.
BlazeAid relies entirely on donations.
For information about donating to BlazeAid, please visit our Donations page, which includes our Donations Wish List. 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 four 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.
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.
Not just rebuilding fences, but helping rebuild lives.