• Hannah Phillips

SW Victorian Fires: How You Can Help

Fires around Victoria's South West ripped through the region just over a week ago - devastating communities, taking homes, livestock and everything in the path of the fire as it burned.

David from the Colac Herald joined Sarah on last week's Regional Roundup for more information.

As communities attempt to rebuild, people around the nation are showing their support through a range of different organisations.

You too can help the devastated communities in a number of ways:

VicEmergency Hotline Anyone who has been affected by the bushfires and suffering personal hardship and distress should call the VicEmergency Hotline on 1800 226 226 to find out about the assistance available.

Disaster Assistance Information on disaster assistance can be found on the Australian Government’s Disaster Assist website at disasterassist.gov.au and the VicEmergency website at emergency.vic.gov.au/relief.

Donations To donate labour or services, contact Corangamite Shire on (03) 5593 7100. To donate food, personal items and household goods, contact The Salvation Army on (03) 5561 6792.

Westvic Dairy, phone 5557 1000, are compiling requests and will refer to appropriate authorities. This can including fencing, mental health support and more.

Blaze Aid

A volunteer-based organisation that works with families and individuals in rural Australia after natural disasters such as fires and floods. Visit blazeaid.com.au.

Agriculture Victoria

Phone (03) 5336 6721 for any livestock issues including generators or feed.

The Lions Club Need for Feed

Supplying the stock and animal feed needs of the affected larger properties by semi loads & continuing to supply smaller properties by ute convoys. Visit needforfeed.org.

Victorian Farmers Federation

VFF/UDV on 1300 882 833 for fodder donations or requests for fodder.

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