BlazeAid Wauchope camp is in recess in effort to restrict spread of coronavirus

We'll be back: BlazeAid Wauchope will resume rebuilding fences when it receives the all clear from the state and federal government.
We'll be back: BlazeAid Wauchope will resume rebuilding fences when it receives the all clear from the state and federal government.

The BlazeAid camp at Wauchope Showground is in recess and remains in an isolation phase from the coronavirus.

The camp was due to resume operations on April 6.

Coordinator David Edgerley says a skeleton crew of seven volunteers - two Canadian backpackers and five Australian residents - remain at the camp site.

He says that group have started work on a number of jobs within the showground complex.

"We are in hibernation and not going out to farms because of the isolation issues relating to COVID-19," he said.

"With the government's social distancing guidelines in place, we just don't know when we will actually restart our activities.

"That will be reliant on when the government says we can restart.

The camp remains set up but we will not be doing anything that puts anyone at risk, including our volunteers and the landowners.

David Edgerley

"The camp remains set up but we will not be doing anything that puts anyone at risk, including our volunteers and the landowners."

Mr Edgerley said it was important to minimise any potential exposure to the COVID-19 virus.

The camp coordinator said many of the landholders they deal with are an older generation.

"We need to careful for their health," he said.

"Our camp will see out this isolation period, even if it is for several months, before resuming our jobs.

"I haven't been instructed to close the camp; so we will maintain it on a low key basis.

"Given these circumstances, I think we are in a pretty good position.

"I know of some camps that have completely closed down. But we don't have to do that; we can finish the jobs that have been logged by landowners."

Mr Edgerley said he saluted those members of the community who have come through this awful (bushfire) experience.

"I would like to thank the wonderful volunteers who have done so well in repairing fencing across the region, as well as supporting us in running the camp.

"Blaze Aid are committed to assisting this community and we will be back to finish the job we have started."

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