Warrumbungle Shire Mayor’s Bushfire Appeal (Sir Ivan Fire)
The Sir Ivan Fire has so far destroyed approximately 55,000 hectares of land as well as many homes and as at 14 February is still burning across a large area east of Dunedoo, and south of Coolah. The extent of the fire and the destruction it has caused is shocking, and the economic and emotional damage in terms of loss of property, stock and destruction of wildlife is enormous.
In order to ensure that donations will benefit the community directly, Warrumbungle Shire Council has set up a Warrumbungle Shire Mayor’s Bushfire Appeal (Sir Ivan Fire) and will be taking donations from members of the public who wish to assist residents who have suffered, and in many cases lost everything as a result of the fire. Money is the most useful donation because it provides both flexibility and choice to meet immediate needs. It also circulates in the affected community, stimulating faster recovery for the local economy.
Aid For Those Affected By The Sir Ivan and Kains Flat Fires (facebook page)
Dunedoo will operate in conjunction with The Country Women’s Association of NSW and all offers of help with be dealt with by the committee. Financial donations can be deposited in CWA of NSW Disaster Relief Fund – marked Sir Ivan Fire. https://cwaofnsw.org.au/page.php?id=13 (make sure you select Disaster Relief Fund). All donations given at this time will used to support those affected by the Sir Ivan fire. A tax deductible receipt will be emailed to you.
Clothing and food donations are being co-ordinated by Dunedoo Central School office staff (6375 1489) with details of where and how to deliver or collect. They will then contact the appropriate person to access the showground storage.
No furniture deliveries will be accepted at this time as those affected have nowhere to store them.
Short term accommodation is being organised and those requiring it should contact Sharon Nott on 0428 859509.
Water deliveries can be arranged by contacting Peter McClung on 0428 863219
Hay and grain deliveries are being co-ordinated by Hayden Rhodes and Sandy Cox from Delta Sullivans – contact 6375 1209 Hayden 0428 811774 or Sandy 0428 865299.
Counselling for fire victims is being arranged and Dunedoo Central School have a counsellor coming in for student assistance.
Townspeople are on hand to do basic things like clothes washing if needed. Dunedoo Central School will be organising this service.
Do you know someone who needs assistance? They or you (on their behalf) can contact Joy Beames (0428 751173) or Sam Barrass (0402 592436).
N S W Farmers Association
The NSW Farmers’ Merriwa Branch has joined forces with the Merriwa Show Society to establish the Merriwa-Sir Ivan Bushfire Appeal to assist affected landholders and residents.
The local farming community has quickly jumped on board, already donating cattle that will be fed at the Alexander Downs feedlot at Merriwa and then sold to raise money for the appeal.
Merriwa Branch Chair, Pat Ryan, said farmers from as far as Wagga Wagga have also offered cattle for the appeal.
“Alexander Downs feedlot has kindly offered to feed the cattle at no cost for up to 80 days and all the sale proceeds will go towards the appeal,” Mr Ryan said.
NSW Farmers’ President, Derek Schoen, said the Association has donated $5000 to kick start the appeal.
Donations can be made to the Merriwa- Sir Ivan Bushfire Appeal via the details below.
Account Name: NSW Farmers’ Association Natural Disaster Relief Fund BSB: 082-057 Account number: 18-215-7040 Bank: NAB
Gulgong IGA and Rylstone Foodworks
There is a trolley at both Gulgong IGA and Rylstone Foodworks where you can donate non perishable items for those affected.