Photo caption: Calling for volunteers at Ashford’s BlazeAid camp with volunteer Tom Porter, left, Co-ordinator Evan Williams, Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall, Chris Male, John Male and Marnie Kregor.
Monday, 20 November 2023
BLAZEAID has landed in Ashford and is already busy helping local farmers rebuild fences following recent devastating bushfires, Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall said today.
Mr Marshall said was in Ashford late last week to meet with BlazeAid volunteers and bushfire-impacted farmers.
He said BlazeAid was now working with a number of local farmers and families to help them get back on their feet, replacing around 27 kilometres of boundary fencing.
“Farmers in the Ashford and Wallangra area suffered extensive damage including the loss of fences, fodder and pasture in the Wallangra Road Fire, which burned through thousands of hectares,” Mr Marshall said.
“It was terrific to drop by and see the organisation hard at work, helping to organise and facilitate the rebuilding of vital farm fences.
“Without fences, farmers cannot keep the stock they have in, nor keep feral animals and pests out.
“The newly setup camp is calling for volunteers to register, particularly those with camp or fencing experience or team-leaders.”
Mr Marshall said it was an honour to meet with several volunteers at the Ashford Showground, but more are needed.
“Co-ordinator Evan Williams and his team of volunteers have done an outstanding job setting up the camp,” he said.
“The group of volunteers is dedicated, hardworking and enthusiastic about helping local farmers recover from the impact of bushfires.
“BlazeAid is looking for more volunteers to help get the job done and ensure framers see their new boundary fences in place quicker.”
Ashford’s BlazeAid camp will be running over the next few months. For more information and to register as a volunteer, please visit www.blazeaid.com.au/ashford-nsw/