** NOTE: This round of Visy Tumut Region recovery fund is available for the entire Snowy Valleys Council area **

LINK TO INFO ON THE PRATT FOUNDATION BUSHFIRE RECOVERY FUND

See the link above for Guidelines for the Visy Tumut Region Recovery Fund Grant Program. Applications opened 25 January 2020 – and close 5pm AEDT 28 February 2020.

DUNNS ROAD FIREGROUND – LOCAL DONATION APPEAL

The Community Foundation for Tumut Region is a registered charity that has been instrumental in organising the Dunn’s Road Appeal

Thank you to all those who have contributed to the Dunn’s Road Appeal To date the Appeal is over $170,000. The funds will be distributed to eligible residents in the form of vouchers/gift cards  for goods and services from local businesses from Tumbarumba to Tumut this includes Batlow and Adelong and roadside stalls with EFTPOS

The Dunn’s road fire knew no boundaries and as a result the board of the Community Foundation have changed the area of the Foundation’s reach to include all who have been impacted by the horror of this listed blaze which includes residents of the old Tumbarumba shire

And nor does fundraising stop at boundaries for which we are very grateful .Events have been and will be held in Wagga and Lockhart and a gala ball in Sydney .Many donors have come from far afield Hawaii ,London and across Australia with generous support from our local communities.

The funds will not be accessed until May in the hope the Appeal will continue to attract further donors  which equals more for the eligible recipients

We shall try and accommodate the desire of donors for their donation to be used specifically as best we can, eg for Yaven creek ,Batlow ,Tumbarumba or the wider area that the fire consumed

Supporting partners in the appeal are Elders Adelong and Tumut , Adelong Progress Assoc , Community Bank (Bendigo) Adelong, Tumut Chamber of Commerce.

A subcommittee has been formed comprising representatives of The Bendigo Bank Adelong ,Elders Adelong and Tumut ,the Adelong Progress Association ,Snowy Valleys Council and the Community Foundation members of the Batlow and Tumbarumba communities will be also invited to join.

The Tragedy

To date we have no real idea of the numbers and we are sure these may change but to begin :

  • 183 homes were lost with many more damaged,
  • untold damage to farm building sheds and machinery
  • Miles and miles of fencing and stock losses …
  • and over 30% of the soft wood plantations plus significant hardwood resources.

The loss of both the built heritage and natural environment in the high country is simply catastrophic and heartbreaking for all those who have given so much in that area .

The loss of native vegetation across the fire-ground the major trees and lower vegetation and ground cover all the animals in our unique ecosystem many are now locally extinct all of this is gut wrenching  The colony of platypus and all aquatic life in the Adelong creek and all effected waterways may well have suffered with the black water runoff as a result of the storm…a side tragedy of the fire storm

The loss of aboriginal heritage to date there is no record of what has been lost scarred trees ring trees and special places for our traditional owners who used this whole area   

The more we learn and the more affected residents come forward  this appeal becomes so important to assist the eligible residents and support our local economy

Donations are tax deductable and can be deposited with any branch of the Bendigo Community Bank , Ray White Real Estate or by direct deposit to the Community Foundation

Name: Community Foundation for Tumut Region

BSB: 633000

Account No: 141406736

For a receipt Please register your donation  including your name and address and your preferred sub fund eg Batlow  

info@tumutfoundation.org.au

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Register

For all those who have been directly impacted by the fire or know of those who have, we ask that you register names and addresses with the coordinating partners or by contacting Louise Halsey   0429619128   69473208 or by registering info@tumutfoundation.org.au with just a few words on whatever losses we are not requesting any application.