January 24, 2013
NSW Farmers is working with Blazeaid to set up camps for volunteers to help fire affected farmers throughout NSW. The first camp at Nimitabel, south west of Cooma, is expected to be operational tomorrow (24 January) and will help farmers in the area to repair infrastructure. Additional camps will be set up at Coonabarabran (from 28 January) and Bookham west of Yass (also from 28 January). NSW Farmers’ President Fiona Simson said the association had worked with Blazeaid following the 2012 floods to help flood affected farmers. “Blazeaid is a fantastic organisation with a history of coordinating volunteers to repair and replace fences and farm infrastructure following natural disasters,” she said. “During the floods in 2012, its camps helped 168 farmers repair 820 km of fencing with the support of 520 volunteers,” she said. Blazeaid’s founder and President Kevin Butler said the organisation worked alongside farmers to rebuild fences that have been damaged or destroyed. We work in disaster affected areas for many months to help farmers become productive again. Mr Butler said anyone wanting to volunteer to help fire affected farmers in NSW should contact Blazeaid. Ms Simson said farmers affected by the fires were also encouraged to contact BlazeAid camp coordinators if they needed fences repaired. “It is important for our farmers to realise that help is available and not to be shy about coming forward and taking up generous offers of help. Repairing fences is a tedious job and Blazeaid’s volunteers are highly capable and willing to lend a hand,” Ms Simson said.