BlazeAid rebuilds Eurobodalla Shire one fence post at a time

Councils director of infrastructure Warren Sharpe, volunteers Vince Heys, Deb Nichols, Lindsay Boyton, BlazeAid Moruya coordinator Lydia Ronnenkamp, Mayor Liz Innes, and Brian Clarke.
Councils director of infrastructure Warren Sharpe, volunteers Vince Heys, Deb Nichols, Lindsay Boyton, BlazeAid Moruya coordinator Lydia Ronnenkamp, Mayor Liz Innes, and Brian Clarke.

A grassroots volunteer organisation has set up camp at the Moruya Showground to rebuild fences over the next several months.

BlazeAid is keen to hear from rural property residents needing help and volunteers wanting to help them, the Eurobodalla Shire Council said.

Coordinator Lydia Ronnenkamp said she expected the camp to operate for several months and would be open from 6.30am to 3pm each day.

"BlazeAid does fencing but it's more than that," Ms Ronnenkamp said.

"It's caring for people, it's working beside farmers on the ground and having those important conversations.

"We give people a hand up, not a hand out."

Property owners can register online, call or visit the showground in person.

"We are all locals and we are all volunteers," Ms Ronnenkamp said.

"If there is anyone out there who would like to help, we need people with fencing skills, people to help in the kitchen, people who can do admin - volunteers can do as much or as little as they are able."

The Moruya camp will hold up to 130 BlazeAiders but Ms Ronnenkamp expected more locals would lend a hand.

She said fencing work for rural properties across the shire would be prioritised on a needs basis.

"Properties with road boundaries or are income-producing will be our priority," she said.

BlazeAid purchases supplies and fencing equipment locally, supporting small independent businesses.

Ms Ronnenkamp said the Eurobodalla Council was quick to welcome BlazeAid to the shire.

"I rang director of infrastructure Warren Sharpe two weeks ago and the council came straight down. They couldn't have been more welcoming," she said.

Mayor Liz Innes welcomed the group this week, stressing the importance of BlazeAid's work.

"It's not just about fixing fences, it's about fixing hearts and fixing lives," Cr Innes said.

"We are so grateful to have this valuable group of people here. There's a lot of work to be done!"

Rural property owners wanting to register for fencing assistance or people wishing to volunteer can visit the Moruya Showground or contact BlazeAid on 0435 585 988, email blazeaid.moruya@gmail.com or find BlazeAid Moruya on Facebook.

Landholders who have already registered with Eurobodalla Council will be contacted by Blaze Aid.

To donate to BlazeAid's local work visit the showground camp, or to help people affected by bushfire across the country visit https://blazeaid.com.au/donations/

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