How you can help in the current bushfire crisis

Published on 15 January 2020

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Our hearts go out to all the people affected by the current devastating bushfire crisis. 

And we thank all the amazing emergency services staff and volunteers for their exceptional efforts in trying to protect everyone in Australia.  We highly commend all those people, including our local emergency services staff and volunteers, who are working tirelessly assisting in the recovery effort. 

As a Shire that has been deeply affected by bushfire, many in our community know only too well what the victims of this latest disaster are going through.

Nillumbik Shire Council is ready to provide assistance to councils affected during this difficult and challenging time. Council staff are eager to assist during the response and recovery operations and give back to those that helped when we needed it.

We are working with the Municipal Association of Victoria to resource the response and recovery efforts, should our staff be required, while ensuring we have adequate resources in our Shire should an emergency arise.

Victorians, and indeed all Australians, are extraordinarily generous, especially in times of need. No doubt many in the Shire have already reached out to lend a hand and have donated to the massive relief effort. 

If you have not done so at this stage and you would like to help in the bushfire recovery effort, there are a number of ways to do so. 

DONATE 

https://www.vic.gov.au/bushfireappeal 

Donate to the official Victorian Bushfire Appeal. The Victorian Government has partnered with Bendigo Bank and The Salvation Army to establish the Victorian Bushfire Appeal. One hundred per cent of donated funds will go directly to communities in need. 

Due to the enormous outpouring of support, please do not donate any more goods. Relief centres have been overwhelmed by donations of goods and it is diverting resources away from critical relief tasks. 

The best way to help affected communities is through financial donations. 

You can also donate to BlazeAid https://blazeaid.com.au/ whose volunteers work with rural families to rebuild fences and other structures that have been damaged or destroyed. 

WILDLIFE 

To assist the enormous amount of bushfire-affected wildlife you can donate to: 

Wildlife Victoria’s Victorian Bushfire Appeal. For details about the fund and how you can assist go to https://www.wildlifevictoria.org.au/ 

Zoos Victoria’s Bushfire Emergency Wildlife Fund. For details about the fund and what Zoos Victoria is doing go to https://www.zoo.org.au/fire-fund/ 

VOLUNTEER SUPPORT 

Those who are able to donate their time must register directly with the Red Cross.

https://www.redcross.org.au/get-involved/connect/volunteer 

LOCAL EFFORTS

Many people in our community are ‘doing their bit’ to raise money for the appeal.
If you are holding a community fundraising event, you can share the details on our website’s community calendar. 

Go to https://www.nillumbik.vic.gov.au/Council/Add-an-event 

Thank you for everything you are doing to support our country through the bushfire appeal. 

EMOTIONAL SUPPORT

  People may be affected emotionally by the current bushfire season, including those who have experienced the impacts of past bushfires. 

It is important to look after yourself, family, friends and colleagues during this time. 

If you need support, there is help available through your GP or local mental health professional. 

You can also contact: 

Beyond Blue: 1300 224 636. Beyond Blue has resources about dealing with bushfires and mental health at: https://www.beyondblue.org.au/the-facts/bushfires-and-mental-health/ 

Lifeline: 13 11 14, Go to https://www.lifeline.org.au/ for bushfire relief resources. 

Kids Helpline: 1800 55 1800, for advice on coping with natural disasters go to https://kidshelpline.com.au/teens/issues/coping-natural-disasters 

Grief Line: 1300 845 745, https://griefline.org.au/