BlazeAid in action

By Wednesday afternoon, BlazeAid had contributed 126 volunteer days to help with the Cobbler Road fire recovery.

Together, in groups of five at five different properties, 17.2 kilometres of fencing had been cleared and 2.2km of new fencing had been put up.

The Department of Primary Industries estimates that it equates to around $75,600 worth of work.

Currently there are fences being put up at properties on Burrinjuck Road, Childowla Road and Bogolara Road.

The Tribune caught up with a few volunteers that had come in from jobs on Wednesday afternoon and the mood was upbeat all around the Bookham campsite.

“It’s a direct action donation and I think everyone here likes that about it,” Canberran Peter Jensen said.

“Instead of just donating a bit of cash we can donate our time and our hours to directly help with the problem.”

Peter Versace, of Brisbane, completely agreed and said a helping hand is exactly what the farmers need.

“It’s all about helping these poor farmers out that have had their property ravaged by the fire. I know they appreciate it but it’s also rewarding for us too.”

Malcolm McIntosh, who had been working out on Burrinjuck Road that day, said that along with the work, meeting new people was great.

“We haven’t met any bad people. Everyone here is great and everyone has a good time. It was like that at our last BlazeAid camp at Dunkeld in Queensland too.”

Currently there are around 30 people in the camp surrounding the Bookham Memorial Hall.

Last night marked the first community group catered meal. For those looking to help with catering call Cathy Cooke at council on 6226 1477. For anyone who wants to help with fencing e-mail Gary Waterson at

Click here for more photos taken at the Bookham BlazeAid campsite.

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