Families of five or six people can now apply for a larger recovery pod as part of Minderoo Foundation’s ongoing collaboration with the NSW government to assist communities after last summer’s disastrous bushfire season.
Minderoo Foundation Fire Fund lead Adrian Turner today joined NSW Deputy Premier and Minister responsible for Disaster Recovery, John Barilaro, in Nambucca to hand over the first 40-foot recovery pod to a local family.
The pod arrived in NSW this week from Monarto, South Australia, where it was manufactured by Australian Portable Camps.
The larger pod represents the next phase of the recovery pod rollout, with almost 70 of the original 20-foot pods delivered and installed in fire-affected communities across New South Wales and South Australia’s Kangaroo Island.
Mr Turner said the feedback from pod recipients so far had been overwhelmingly positive.
“Our Fire Fund team has been truly inspired by the resilience shown by these communities,” Mr Turner said. “To be able to help people stay on their land while they rebuild is something Andrew and Nicola Forrest and the entire Minderoo Foundation is incredibly proud of.
“When we announced Fire Fund back in January, we were very much aware the recovery effort would be measured in years, not months. Despite the disruption of COVID-19, our Fire Fund team remains on the ground in communities across New South Wales, South Australia and Victoria, working with locals to ensure their voices are being heard and assisting wherever possible.
“We want Australians to know that we’re here to help, and we’re not going anywhere until the job is done. We will never ever give up.”
The new larger pods are fully self-contained and come equipped with a 2,100 litre water tank. The pod can operate on the included 5 KVA generator or use a 15-amp external plug-and-play mains connection. Internally, they have a toilet, shower, and small open kitchen with a two-burner stove, 230 litre fridge and a washing machine. A double bed in a separate room and two sets of bunks configured to sleep six, with clever storage options and a breakfast/study bar is also included.
In addition, the pods come equipped with two rectangular tables and six chairs suitable for indoor and outdoor use.
The recovery pod was developed to provide a practical base camp for work and temporary accommodation, while bushfire-affected families and individuals work towards longer term rebuilding.
The design was based on feedback from impacted people in rural and remote locations who needed to stay on their properties while they rebuilt their rural infrastructure and their homes.