Bushfire Recovery Program New South Wales

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Aussie Families Need You! Sign Up to Volunteer in NSW for One Day

Habitat for Humanity Australia has committed to providing recovery services to people affected by the bushfires. Our Disaster Recovery Team have been on the ground since the smoke cleared restoring hope to communities affected. We are on the ground in New South Wales and South Australia helping salvage and rebuild, to assist homeowners.  Thanks to the support of our volunteers we have been able to support Australian families recover from the Bushfires however we still need more volunteers. This is an amazing opportunity to give back to Aussie communities and work with families side by side on their properties. We offer one-day community volunteer opportunities as well as ‘corporate’ volunteer opportunities for various companies. We are currently running multiple volunteer days during the week for bushfire recovery work in the Blue Mountains and Southern Highlands.

Rebuilding and Restoring Hope for Aussie Families

Given we are operating in a period where Covid-19 continues to be an issue Habitat has adopted a range of measures to protect staff, volunteers and the residents. We will be limiting the team size to 10 volunteers and managing our behaviours to ensure adequate social distancing.

Program Outputs

Habitat is committed to providing recovery services to fire affected residents. The free service offered by Habitat involves:

Clean-up, salvage, sorting and piling of debris including homes, sheds and outbuilding, fencing and trees.

Work will be undertaken to improve the living conditions of the family/resident we are helping.

What our Volunteers say:

“We helped an elderly couple that live a sustainable life in the Southern Highlands. Their whole farm was destroyed by the Bushfires and essentially their way of life was destroyed too. Non the less they couldn’t stop smiling/cracking jokes and showed real courage in the face of such a loss. Very inspiring. I personally worked on rebuilding part of the farm that was lost to the fire, and was very satisfied to contribute in a way that sees them a little closer to returning to normal.” – Stuart B.

New South Wales Impact

Our Bushfire Recovery Program started in NSW in June and the volunteer teams are conducting on average 2-3 recovery days every week for the next few months.

  • 6 Recovery Days completed
  • 10 property owners assisted
  • 30 unique volunteers engaged
  • Key activities have included removing debris, removal and replacement of damaged fencing, re-instituting irrigation and re-planting of vegetation, and construction of a water and sanitation block.