The District 9830 Emergency Relief Fund Committee established the ‘Rotary Tasmania Bushfire Appeal’ in February 2013. In addition to supporting impacted communities, the Appeal funded recovery projects that will have a long term direct influence on those communities.
This committee was responsible for overseeing the receipt of donations and approving expenditure of the District funds amounting to $667K.
In addition equipment donated by District 9800 in Victoria was widely used in assisting with bushfire recovery such as clearing and fencing. This included a Mitsubishi Canter Dual Cab Truck, Plant Trailer, Gehl Skid Steer Loader, a Post Driver and Log Splitter.
Distribution of Funds
Amongst the assistance provided
Fire fighters assistance Wellness 5000
Blazeaid Equipment 5000
Pasture reseeding 68 070
Central Highlands Council Fencing materials 4000
Truck and equipment operation 12 550
RC of Tasman Peninsula Murdunna events 6900
Dunalley Hall and Rec Com. Computer/printer 1452
Dunalley residents Fresh water 800
10 stretcher beds 1500
RC of Lindisfarne Fencing materials 4000
RC of Tasman Peninsula Volunteer exps. 8151
Ellendale Fire Brigade 10 UHF radios 1370
State Gov. Farmers Program Stock feed 50 000
Central Highlands Council Farm gates 8000
Eaglehawk Neck Fire Brigade Water tank 2830
True Trails School horse event 1840
Sorell Council Dunalley Hall 200 000
Derwent Valley Council Molesworth Hall 100 000
Tools trailer and equipment 7000
Lachlan Fire Brigade Grinder etc 750
Full-time farmers Fencing 5200
Volunteers Materials Pool 27000
Dunalley Fire Brigade Shed 16 771
Ellendale Fire Brigade Grinder etc 605
Sorell Council Dunalley Youth Park 100 000
Tasmanian Disaster Fodder Relief System
In disasters like the recent bushfires, one of the urgent needs is fodder to feed livestock. Rotary Clubs, especially rural clubs, have the knowledge, skills and networks to be lead organisers in the collection, transport and distribution of fodder in future disasters.
The Tasmanian Disaster Fodder Relief Plan has been developed by PP Kerry Vincent and PP Graeme Dent and has been accepted by the Tasmanian Government as the key distribution method in disasters.
The fodder program will focus on providing assistance to farmers following floods, fires or disease outbreaks which tend to happen without warning so it is difficult for farmers to have prepared. These events contrast to drought which tends to fade in and out slowly so farmers have an opportunity to be proactive hence the fodder relief scheme will not respond to droughts or dry times.
The District has reserved $20 000 so as it can immediately respond with the purchase of fodder until donations start to flow.
The key elements of the plan involve Rotary District 9830 taking responsibility for any future fodder drives, following the declaration of a disaster in Tasmania. Rotary will liaise with the State Government and the TFGA, but will be the controlling body. Rotary will establish a district committee to manage fodder relief and will appoint a state director to head up the committee.
A 1800 FODDER number will be established.
Chair PAG Robin Thompson Scottsdale (M) 0408 129 371
Committee PAG Lyndon Isles Longford PP Nigel Pedley Smithton PP James Dunbabin Sorell PP Graham Dent Westbury PP Kerry Vincent Sorell
Support during 2014
On Saturday, 27 October 2014 ,the Rotary Club of Tasman Peninsula, in conjunction with the Tasmania Fire Service (TFS), conducted a Community Expo for Bushfire Preparation. Participants included the local Fire Brigades, Ambulance Service, SES, Tasman Council, Dunalley/Tasman Neighbourhood House, DPIWE, Parks and Wildlife Service and a number of businesses involved in fire prevention and management.
The event was the brainchild of Past President, Bert Dorgelo and the Community Development Coordinator at TFS, Peter Middleton who also assisted on the planning committee which included Club President, Arnold McShane and Kerrie Brown from the Neighbourhood House.
Update 10 Sept 2017