Our thoughts and sympathies go out to everyone including several members and friends who have been impacted by the recent and ongoing fires across the country. We know that many landowners, land-carers, animal carers, fire fighters and more have faced a very traumatic time. On behalf of all members we extend our heartfelt sympathies.
If you are looking to provide financial support at this time, we can recommend the following options:
WIRES (NSW Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service Inc.)
They are Australia’s largest wildlife rescue organisation and has an emergency fund set up to accept donations to help them with wildlife rescue during the fires.
Queensland wildlife rescue organisations
There are a range of wildlife rescue organisations you can contact.
Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal
FRRR has the capacity to accept donations for local and regional organisations and has a Disaster Resilience and Recovery Fund. This fund accepts donations and grants and uses the interest only to support the needs that often emerge 12-18 months after a disaster event. This includes support for fatigued volunteer leaders, repairing vital community infrastructure and ensuring psychological support is available.
There is no doubt in our minds that these catastrophic fires and the drought are linked to climate change. A well-resourced, planned and urgent response to climate change and these major disasters needs to be developed.
A group of former senior Australian fire and emergency service leaders issued a joint statement in April this year. They said, “We have observed how Australia is experiencing increasingly catastrophic extreme weather events that are putting lives, properties and livelihoods at greater risk and overwhelming our emergency services. Climate change, driven mainly by the burning of coal, oil and gas, is worsening these extreme weather events, including hot days, heatwaves, heavy rainfall, coastal flooding and catastrophic bushfire weather. Australia has just experienced a summer of record-breaking heat, prolonged heatwaves, and devastating fires and floods — there should be no doubt in anyone’s mind: Climate change is dangerous and it is affecting all of us now.”
To find out more, read Emergency leaders climate action.
Major General Stephen Day, in his role as Coordinator General for Drought, said in his recent report to Cabinet, “As a consequence of climate change, drought is likely to be more regular, longer in duration and broader in area…..It means that farmers and communities who rarely see drought are likely to see it more often. And those that have been managing drought for many years may now see it intensify beyond their lived experience.”
Contact us if you want to discuss how to donate to address these issues.