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.
Not just rebuilding fences, but helping rebuild lives.
“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.
We need to deliver new “tradesmen’s trailers” from the manufacturer in Victoria to our fire, flood, cyclone sites in WA, SA and Qld.
The 600 kg tandem trailers are being constructed at the rate of 1-2 a week at a company in Thomastown and several are ready to go right now, but they’re able to go anytime over the coming three months-six months.
We think people who are travelling from the regions to Melbourne or from Melbourne to these regions, might be happy to tow them for us, saving Blazeaid tens of thousands of dollars. Blazeaid can help with petrol costs. They can be towed with any six cylinder vehicle or four wheel drive.
The regions we want them transported from Melbourne to are:
Lenswood in the Adelaide Hills
Monto – a couple of hours inland from Bundaberg
Biloela (Pronounced Billa-wheeler) – a couple of hours inland from Gladstone in Qld
The Caves – just north of Rockhampton in Qld
Some towing-volunteers may wish to throw their tent and swag in and volunteer with us for a day or two as part of the big adventure!
If you can help, contact can be made at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject being ‘trailers to tow’).
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.
Cyclone in Qld
Our basecamps at Monto, Biloela and The Caves (near Rockhampton) are now established.
Volunteers are needed at all of these basecamps.
2015 Basecamp in South Australian
Fencing from our Lenswood basecamp continues. More volunteers are needed, especially people with fencing experience.
Click here for a contact for donated second-hand vineyard pine posts in the Adelaide Hills area of SA.
2015 BlazeAid Camps in Victoria
Fencing from our Longwood basecamp has finished.
Fencing from our Thoona basecamp has finished.
Fencing from our Moyston basecamp has finished.
Volunteers are asked to contact the Camp Coordinators directly, please, if you can. Click here to visit our Contacts Page, or scroll down for 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.
Thank you to the Members of the Red Knights International Firefighters Motorcycle Club - Chapter 6 who are running a fundraiser for BlazeAid at The International Parks Week – Community Services Expo.
The Expo is on Saturday 14 March 2015, 10.00am – 2.00pm, at the Sale Pedestrian Mall, Cunninghame Street, Sale, Victoria. It will showcase the highly valued work that volunteers of community groups do locally, nationally and internationally.
Walking Forward Disaster Relief Team - Assisting Equine and pet owners in need with safe properties, psychological first aid, stronger resilience & recovery before, during & after a disaster. We work as one. Reaching out worldwide.
There seems to be some confusion in relation to some donations in SA. We just need to clarify that BlazeAid will NOT be distributing donated items such as clothing, furniture, food, etc to fire-affected families.
There are other organisations that are doing a great job of organising this work.
We’re grateful to receive donations of fencing materials to distribute to families in need, and some non-perishable food to help feed our volunteers.
Any other donated items need to be sent to one of the organisations coordinating these donations. Thank you.
We rarely have any drop-off points for donated items other than at our basecamps or at Kilmore East. Information about drop-off points other than these would be included on our website.
If you have any concerns about someone approaching you for donations or asking you to deliver goods to another location, please contact Helene and Dennis on 03 9363 7152 or Kevin on 0418 530 471 to verify that it is, in fact, for BlazeAid.
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.
Please visit our Noticeboard – In Memorium Page for our tribute to Long Bob. (Bob Cross of Westdale, via Tamworth), who passed away in September 2014.
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.
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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.
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.
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.