Our communities need ongoing support to rebuild. Minderoo Foundation Fire Fund is focussed on crucial grassroots projects identified by community leaders.
Minderoo Foundation Fire Fund has allocated AU$10 million to support communities rebuild and revitalise local economies in the aftermath of the bushfires.
To date the team have visited Kangaroo Island and Woodside in South Australia; Wytaliba, Tenterfield, Torrington, Drake, Moruya, Mogo, Malua Bay and Merimbula in New South Wales; and Mallacoota and Bairnsdale in Victoria.
We are working with local organisations and alongside experts in relief and recovery to help those devastated by the bushfire crisis with practical support.
We’ve heard that temporary housing is one of the most urgent needs. Our innovative team developed the Fire Fund Recovery Pod as a temporary housing and workshop solution to help those who have lost their homes. The recovery pods are self- contained, equipped with a 2,300-litre water tank and 5 KVA generator.
Internally, they have a toilet, shower and a small open kitchen. The pods have functionality for use as a workshop and also for short term accommodation with bunk beds included. To date, we have deployed pods in Kangaroo Island as a pilot program and we are encouraging feedback from recipients.
BlazeAid is a volunteer organisation which grew out of the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires in Victoria.
Founded by Kevin and Rhonda Butler, BlazeAid provides a way for retired farmers, tradespeople and others to volunteer on properties affected by natural disasters including fires and floods.
Minderoo Foundation has committed AU$250,000 to BlazeAid to build ten new specialist fencing trailers, allowing them to increase their support for farming families across New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia.
Fire Fund is also supporting WA Fencing Farmers to deploy West Australian volunteers to Kangaroo Island to assist with bushfire rebuild efforts. WA Fencing Farmers is a grassroots group of volunteers including couples, retired farmers and allied industry workers.
While homes and properties have been destroyed, we continue to witness indestructible community spirit.
Mallacoota is one of the most isolated seaside towns in Victoria. With Mallacoota’s Surf Life Saving Club out of action, the impacts were felt throughout the town. With community consultation, we were able to contribute to the costs of a temporary caravan for the surf club to reopen their office.
Collaboration brings the best minds and resources together to create change. We are proud of the relationships we have developed to bolster Minderoo Foundation Fire Fund’s efforts, including Team Rubicon Australia, BlazeAid, BackTrack, WA Fencing Farmers, Salvation Army, Conservation International, and state and federal governments.