BlazeAid soldiers keep on building fences for bushfire victims

Australian Defence soldiers are continuing to help BlazeAid volunteers based at Wauchope Showground to rebuild fences for people who lost them during the recent bushfires.

People can still register while the camp is still active. They will have a few quick questions - your name, phone numbers, the address where the fencing needs to be done, a rough idea of distances of work - clearing, rebuilding and new fences - the type of fencing, and how soon work can start.

BlazeAid works with families and individuals who are in genuine need of volunteer assistance. This includes those affected who are not insured, or who are under-insured for the cost of rebuilding their fences, or where their personal, physical or financial circumstances are such that they are in genuine need of BlazeAid's help.

The first group of soldiers arrived in Wauchope for training in late January, and more have replaced them.

"We are here to help people get back on their feet," said Warrant Officer Len Haskins.

Warrant Officer Len Haskins and chaplain Andrew Margetson.

Warrant Officer Len Haskins and chaplain Andrew Margetson.

"More than 12 kms of fencing have been completed. It's been a combined effort by the ADF and BlazeAid. It's nice for us to work with them and link in partnership with them. We want the community to know that we are not leaving yet. There will be ongoing support."

He said local businesses and contractors have been given opportunities to assist, and resources are going to the communities who need the most urgent help.

Chaplain Andrew Margetson said people really appreciate the ADF being around.

"We are standing together with them, and that is a big boost for people in hard times. It's amazing how much the soldiers themselves are getting out of it. It's not often the army gets the chance to help their fellow Australians," he added.

BlazeAid volunteers work in a disaster-affected area for many months, not only helping individuals and families, but also helping rebuild the local communities.

You can drop in to BlazeAid at Wauchope Showground, or call Camp Coordinator David Edgerley on 0459 628 160 or email blazeaid.wauchope@gmail.com

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