Thanks to the overwhelming response we received from our donors and partners, we have fundraised over $100,000 for our bushfire response efforts. We will be working with local partners and authorities to ensure that all bushfire relief funds are well spent and reach those most in need.
One of our key areas of focus is the Shoalhaven region, which was been severely impacted by the catastrophic fires. Earlier this month, our Local Programs Coordinator, Peter Sapsford, met with the Shoalhaven Mayor and Senior Community Development Manager to identify areas where there are gaps or unmet recovery needs in affected communities.
What has become clear from the meeting is that small-scale agricultural producers in the Kangaroo Valley – a village in in the Shoalhaven region – have been particularly hard hit by the bushfires. We are currently working with our partners to assist these small producers get back into production and restore their livelihoods by providing urgently needed fencing materials. Funds will also go towards supporting the Kangaroo Valley Volunteer Rural Fire Brigade.