Community spirit strong in SW Victoria

The clean up following the St Patrick’s Day bushfires that affected Camperdown, Terang and Cobden in Western Victoria continues,with the sense of community support really coming to the fore.

Bryan and Jo Dickson of Emu Banks Holsteins & Jerseys, lost almost 60km of fencing and are looking at re-sowing 270 hectares across three properties.

“In the scheme of things I think we were very lucky. So far we haven’t lost any cows, and we are all safe and well.

“We have really been reminded about what a wonderful community the Holstein community is through all this. From the word go we had so many messages of support and offers of help, as has everyone who has been affected by the fires,” says Jo.

The Western District Sub-Branch would like to thank everyone who donated services, equipment and put their hands up to help out with fence rebuilding and cleaning up at Emu Banks, including David Johnston, Ian McKie, Pete Kerr and Tess and Mick from BlazeAid and Tom Newton from MaxCare.


Tess Lindquist (BlazeAid), Mick Kelly and
Pete Kerr replacing fences burnt out in
Victoria's western region bushfire at
Emu Banks Holateins and Jerseys.

Dave Weel, Western District Sub-Branch President, says: “The community support has been phenomenal for everyone affected by the fires. There’s been offers of assistance from strangers, people pitching in to help where they can, and donations of feed and essential supplies.

“It has been great to see that real sense of community kicking in.”


Community relief fund established

Emergency Management Victoria (EMV) has partnered with Bendigo Bank to establish a Community Relief Fund in support of community members affected by the south west Victoria fires.

The Fund aims to support communities across Colac-Otway, Corangamite, Warrnambool, Moyne, and Southern Grampians areas where the fires have destroyed homes and impacted primary producers.

To find out more about the Fund visit www.bendigobank.com.au/southwestvicbushfire