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Victorian Bushfire Appeal Fund

Victorian Bushfire Appeal Fund

Medium and Long-Term Recovery Funding

In 2012 the Victorian Bushfire Appeal Fund (VBAF) announced the final round of local projects to receive funding through the $21 million allocation for medium and long-term recovery.

In August 2012, VBAF announced a number of new support services to help people impacted by the February 2009 Victorian bushfires. This included $3.5 million for psychological support, $2.9 million for property recovery and clean-up assistance, and $2.9 million for small grants in bushfire-affected communities.

Further in April 2013, VBAF announced that the Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement (ACGB) and EACH were engaged by VBAF to deliver a range of new support services for those who lost loved ones in the February 2009 bushfires. Funding has also been provided for the continuation of some existing services for the bereaved.

In May 2013, the VBAF Panel decided to provide extra funding towards extending a revised version of the psychological support services until November 2014.

These services will be provided by a range of agencies and will be available throughout Victoria, with a focus on the six most affected areas – the Nillumbik, Whittlesea, Mitchell, Murrindindi, Yarra Ranges and Gippsland regions.

Property recovery and clean up

The aim of this program is to provide practical help to eligible people with the clean-up and recovery of their fire-affected properties. 

Based on the successful Community On-Ground Assistance (COGA) program, which has operated in the Kinglake area, it will offer help with:

  • general property clean-up and debris removal
  • dangerous tree removal and timber cutting
  • house and / or structural repairs
  • environmental repairs. 
The program is currently run by EACH, which took over as the new auspice for the program in September 2013.

Contact

For more information or to register, please contact:

Sylvie Thomas, Community On Ground Assistance (COGA)
Mobile: 0407 427 090
Email: sylviethomas1@icloud.com

You can also write to EACH:

  • P.O. Box 150 Kinglake 3763.

Psychological support

Victorian Bushfire Appeal Fund has developed a range of statewide psychological support services for people still experiencing high-intensity psychological trauma as a result of the fires.

Programs for adults, young people and children are available.

If you live in Gippsland

For adults, young people and children who live in Gippsland and are still experiencing high-intensity psychological trauma, you can download the:

If you live outside Gippsland

To learn more about the services available for adults who are still experiencing high-intensity psychological trauma, you can download the:

To learn more about the services available for young people who are still experiencing high-intensity psychological trauma, you can download the:

To learn more about the services available for children people who are still experiencing high-intensity psychological trauma, you can download the:

Displaced and dispersed – Piece Together website

Piece Together is a free online community for people who experienced the 2009 Victorian bushfires, and their families, friends and colleagues to reconnect with those bushfire affected who have since left their communities. It also allows for other bushfire affected residents to keep in touch with residents in their communities and share stories of their experiences and journey to recovery.

To find out more, please visit the Piece Together website.

Community foundations

VBAF has also made contributions to the following community foundations and trusts:

  1. Alpine and Indigo Shire: $1 million - intoourhandsfoundation.com/
  2. Kinglake Ranges Foundation: $1 million - krfoundation.org.au/
  3. Marysville: $1 million - www.marysvillecommunity.net
  4. Mitchell Shire: $874,821 - www.mcrag.net/
  5. Strathewen Trust: $600,000 - www.strathewen.vic.au/

Community foundations are independent, locally-run organisations working in a distinct geographic area which, over time, build up a collection of funds from donors in the community. They provide services to the community, make grants, and undertake community leadership and partnership activities to address a wide variety of needs in their service areas.