Breaking barriers and repairing fences, RRT volunteers from Mt Gambier were back to support Lucindale, SA Country Fire Service, BlazeAid and the community. Continuing RRT’s collaboration with fellow charity BlazeAid, RRT catered over 250 meals to an army of volunteers, attending CFS firefighters and local farmers in support of BlazeAid in Luncindal, South Australia.
The efforts were supported by two special guests in attendance, including Governor of South Australia, his Excellency the Hon. Hieu Van Le AC and Federal Member for Barker, Tony Pasin.
In January, a grassfire near Lucindale tore through nearly 17,000 hectares of land, destroying a substantial amount of fencing and leaving the community counting the cost.
The event saw community organisations come together in support of those affected by recent fires, with Mt Gambier Hay Run delivering and donating 40 truckloads of hay, BlazeAid rallying handy helpers to repair damaged fencing and RRT fuelling them along the way with a BBQ lunch and refreshments.
“The Lucindale Fire wreaked a lot of damage and were especially devastating for local farmers,” Ben Cox, RRT Mt Gambier Local Team Leader (LTL) said.
“While the bushfire event itself often receives the most attention in the public – it is in the weeks, months and years following where the hard work is needed most,” he said.
“We hope this collaboration with BlazeAid provides some comfort to the Luncindale community and we are grateful that we could help in some small way in their rebuild and recovery efforts.”
BlazeAid is a volunteer-based organisation that works with families in rural Australia to help rebuild fences and other structures that have been destroyed after natural disasters.