BlazeAid

Volunteer group BlazeAid will move into the Yass Valley over the coming weeks to help farmers get back on their feet.

The group’s members travel into natural disaster affected communities and work with landowners to build fences that have been damaged or destroyed.

“Equally important, volunteers also help to lift the spirits of farming families who are often facing their second or third flood event after years of drought, or devastating losses through bushfires,” BlazeAid said.

Yass Valley Council said the group should be able to set up its base camp at Bookham from January 21.

Mayor Rowena Abbey said there were a few logistics that needed to be worked out before the group can come to town.

“Most of them come with their own RV’s and caravans [but] some of them need somewhere to sleep.”

She said council needed to arrange facilities with bathrooms and showers.

Council has put the call out to community groups to help the BlazeAid team, particularly with feeding the volunteers every evening. They have asked anyone who could help to register their interest by phoning Cathy Cooke at council on 6227 1477 or to send an email to cathy.cooke@yass.nsw.gov.au.

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