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Help needed after fire damage

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April 05, 2018

A CALL has gone out for volunteers and donations to help rebuild nearly 3000km of fencing destroyed in the recent devastating grassfires in Victoria’s south-west.

A CALL has gone out for volunteers and donations to help rebuild nearly 3000km of fencing destroyed in the recent devastating grassfires in Victoria’s south-west.

Charity group BlazeAid has already established base camps in Macarthur, Terang and Cobden to begin the monumental task of replacing the lost fencing, a job that is expected to take up to six months.

BlazeAid president Kevin Butler, a Kilmore sheep farmer, said offers had been flowing in since news of the fires hit, but the organisation desperately needed $1million for its Post and Wire program to fund fencing supplies.

The money will be converted to fencing supplies vouchers and distributed to farmers in need to redeem at local farm supplies outlets in preparation for the arrival of BlazeAid volunteers.

‘‘We’ve got dairy farmers ringing in tears. They’ve had zero ability to put money away for this type of thing for two years and anything they can get can make a huge difference,’’ Mr Butler said.

There are many ways in which residents can help.

To volunteer for fencing or other work, such as catering, or to lend post-hole drivers or other equipment, phone base camp co-ordinators Barry and Bev Thompson on 0437 397 665.

To donate money for the BlazeAid Post and Wire program, phone 0418 990 172.

To donate money for volunteers’ food and other needs, phone 0418 990 172.

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