Council and BlazeAid partner to support local Landholders

28/02/2019

Council was recently approached by the Department of Primary Industry (DPI) regarding our willingness to host BlazeAid to support landholders affected by the January and February storm events. It is expected that around 15 volunteers will be based in Boorowa for approximately four weeks to assist with support tasks such as fencing in a bid to assist local landholders get back on their feet following the recent storm damage.

 

To support this initiative, Hilltops Council have resolved to cover the cost of feeding the volunteers for the duration of their stay as well as providing accommodation and amenities at the Boorowa Showground. Local service clubs will be tasked with cooking for the volunteers.

Council have discussed camping arrangements with the Showground user group who have agreed to the co-location of these volunteers on site, acknowledging that events will still be held in and around the volunteer campers.

A meeting with affected landholders between DPI and Council staff was held on 18 February 2019 which identified 67 landholders affected by recent adverse weather events, of which approximately 29 have indicated their need for support. These landholders are located in Harden, Boorowa, and Bendrick Murrell.

Hilltops Mayor Brian Ingram is grateful to BlazeAid for their support “It is fantastic that this organisation is coming to help our community repair the significant damage caused by the recent storms. Thank you to the volunteers and to our local service clubs who will be supporting the volunteers during their stay,” he said.

Information about affected landholders is still being collated by Local Land Services on behalf of DPI and Council. Landholders who require further information regarding this assistance are urged to contact their Local Land Services Office.

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