Woolooga/Sexton/Miva fires recovery

Last updated 27/11/2018 at 12.20pm


Assistance for fire impacted residents/property owners

Star pickets and wire

Residents that sustained damage or destruction of fencing due to the recent bushfires can seek new star pickets and high tensile barbed wire from the Woolooga Hall every Saturday from 9am to 10am while materials are still available.

This campaign for materials has been coordinated by the Woolooga Hall Committee and Gympie Regional Council.

Please contact Kayleen Moss of the Hall Committee on 0439 983 667 if you have any queries.


Fencing and clean up

BlazeAid is a not for profit community organisation that assists communities following natural disasters.

BlazeAid volunteers have established a presence in the area to assist affected properties with fencing and general clean-up activities.

For assistance, please contact the local Blaze Aid Coordinator Spud Murphy on 0414 088 251.

The BlazeAid camp will be open until 20 December, with further work determined at that point.  


Insurance

The Insurance Council of Australia (ICA) can assist residents and property owners in the Gympie region by providing guidance and information throughout the insurance claims process.

If you need assistance, please call the ICA's 24-hour disaster hotline on 1800 734 621.

Specific information relating to bushfires:

http://understandinsurance.com.au/recovering-from-a-disaster

http://understandinsurance.com.au/types-of-disasters/bushfires

 

Weed Prevention after Fire

Rain following the fires has resulted in new growth, and landholders need to be ready to combat new or returning infestations of weeds such as Giant Rats Tail Grass and Parthenium.

Check out Council's Weed Preventation after Fire Fact Sheet.

Contact Council's Land Protection Team on 1300 307 800 if you would like assistance with weed management for your land.

 

Vouchers through GIVIT

In partnership with the Queensland Government, GIVIT manages offers of assistance following disasters, including receiving cash donations and item donations.

All GIVIT donations for the Woolooga/Miva/Sexton fires have been allocated, with fire affected residents using the vouchers to purchase fencing and other farming equipment needs.

Thank you to St Vincent de Paul in Gympie for undertaking local assessments and coordinating the distribution of the vouchers.

 

Feed for livestock

Donated feed for livestock (through Tom Grady and Woolooga Hay Drive) has now been finalised.

Thank you to the community, general public and business sector for all your financial donations.

 

Donations

Star pickets and wire

Fire impacted residents sustained significant damage or destruction of fencing. Council is working with the Woolooga Hall Committee to seek donations of new star pickets and high tensile barbed wire to assist fire impacted property holders.  

Please drop off new star pickets and high tensile barbed wire to the Woolooga Hall (Thomas Street, Woolooga) on Wednesdays between 8am and 10.30am and Saturdays between 9am and 10am.

Please contact Kayleen Moss of the Hall Committee on 0439 983 667 if you have any queries.


Volunteering

BlazeAid is a not for profit community organisation that assists communities following natural disasters.

BlazeAid volunteers have established a presence in the area to assist affected properties with fencing and general clean-up activities.

BlazeAid welcomes volunteers from the local community and travelling volunteers to join their work teams.   

Please contact Blaze Aid Lower Coordinator Spud Murphy on 0414 088 251 to volunteer. 

 

Finances, Health and Wellbeing

Financial information and legal advice

  • For primary producers: Department of Agriculture and Fisheries phone: 132 523
  • Rural Financial Counselling Service (Gympie): phone 0428 755 708
  • Financial Literacy and Resilience Program (FLARP) Gympie: phone 5343 7525 
  • Farm and Rural Legal Service, Legal Aid: phone 1300 65 11 88

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Local counselling, psychological and welfare services   

There are a range of local services that provide counselling for people of all ages, with no GP referral required. These services are on standby for residents of the fire impacted areas:
  • Artius: phone: 1300 219 658
  • Headspace: phone: 5482 1075 (for young people 12-25)
  • Gympie and District Women’s Health Centre: phone 5483 6588
  • Uniting Care Gympie: phone 5480 3400
Emergency relief vouchers, support and food hampers are also available in Gympie:
  • St Vincent de Paul: phone 0409 421 281 
  • Gympie Community Place: phone: 5482 1147
  • Salvation Army: phone 1300 371 288
Please read this contact list for more information. 
 

Phone Support

If you or someone you care about is distressed, in crisis, suicidal or needs someone to talk to, call:
  • 1300 MH CALL - 1300 642 255 (24/7 Queensland Health)
  • Lifeline 13 11 14 (24/7)
  • Kids Helpline 1800 551 800 (24/7)
  • Parentline: 1300 301 300
  • Mensline: 1300 789 978 (24/7)


Other Resources:

Asbestos and fire 

Bushfire clean-up

Bushfires and smoke

Bushfires and water tanks 

Bushfires and food safety 

Coping with a major personal crisis

Farm Management Grants Queensland 

Helping children and young people cope with crisis

Restoring water tanks after bushfires

Smart Farms Small Grants 

 

News items News items

Media release: Woolooga bushfire community information drop in session

Council are holding a community information drop in session for residents affected by the Woolooga bushfires next Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at the Woolooga Community Hall.

Fire update - 24/9 12.00pm

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Fire update - 23/9 - 5pm - Message from the Mayor

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Fire update - 22/9 - 3.30pm

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Fire update - 22/9 - 10am - Donations

22 September 2018 - 10am  As Gympie's Community Recovery Coordinator I want to thank you all for the generousity so far for the donations coming in, and the offers of assistance for our...

Fire update - 20/9 - Emergency updates

For updated informatioin regarding current emergency news and road conditions within the Gympie region.

Fire update - 20/9 - Kilkivan Hall

The Kilkivan Hall at 31 Bligh Street, Kilkivan is open for residents affected by the Woolooga bushfire.