Wildlife shelters and carers are currently helping to rebuild enclosures and equipment that they have lost in the fires so that they can continue their life-saving work, and support those that are struggling to cope with the enormous number of animals that will need care in the coming weeks and months. Visit www.wildlifevictoria.org. au for more information.
The Country Fire Authority and its supporters are coordinat-ing emergency relief for those worst affected by the fires. This relief assists affected families and communities, the wellbeing of volunteer fire-fighters, and protecting lives and property in Victoria. Visit www.cfa.vic.gov.au/about/victorian-bushfire-relief for more information.
The #EmptyEski campaign, established by everyday people, encourages Victorians to travel to bushfire affected areas and purchase some of Victoria’s magnificent produce from local businesses. If you’re heading to affected areas in the next few months – remem-ber to take an empty esky with you and fill it up! Search #EmptyEski online for ideas.
Victorian Bushfire Appeal
The Victorian Government has partnered with Bendigo Bank and The Salvation Army to establish the Victorian Bushfire Appeal. 100% of the donations the appeal has collected will go directly to communities in need. Visit www.vic.gov.au/bushfireappeal for more information.
Emergency managers and relief and recovery organi-sations are asking people to NOT donate goods. They are overwhelmed by donations in relief centres and it is diverting resources away from critical tasks.
If you spot a bushfire-related scam, you can report it to the Australian Competition and Consumer Watchdog on their dedicated number 1300 795 995.