Bushfire Recovery June 2010


Gary Fitzgerald PP (Chair) Rotary Club of Yea
Rob. Lloyd PDG Rotary Club of Diamond Creek
Peter Gilbert PDG Rotary Club of Preston
David Anderson DG DGE Rotary Club of Yea
Alan Anderson PDG Rotary Club of Eltham (Retired 30.06.2010)
John Gatt DGE
Rotary Club of Diamond Creek (Appointed 01.07.2010)


The Committee was formed as a result of the devastating bushfires in Victoria during February 2009. Rotarians, and others, donated generously to District 9790 to assist in the recovery of fire affected communities. A separate fund was established to record donations and make payments to Rotary Clubs in support of recovery projects.

Rotary Clubs submit details of projects to the Committee for funding support. The Committee has supported the majority of requests for funding. However a small number of submissions were considered to be outside the scope of the criteria of community support and were declined.

Recovery projects supported include:

Rotary Club of Myrtleford  
  Fencing vouchers redeemable at local suppliers $ 100,000.00
Rotary Club of Southern Mitchell  
  Fencing materials $3,378.00
  Fencing equipment $2,790.45
  Blaze-Aid tools and equipment $2,700.00
Rotary Club of Diamond Creek  
  Kinglake Pony Club $3,410.00
Rotary Club of Rosanna  
  Fencing tools and equipment $4,476.87
Rotary Club of Myrtleford  
  Trees and tree planting equipment $6,930.00
  Community Days $2,000.00
Rotary Club of Southern Mitchell  
  Re-establishing gardens $4,594.55
  Erosion control – dam catchments $7,200.00
Rotary Club of Alexandra  
  Farm sheds – temporary accommodation whilst rebuilding $15,000.00
  Relief centre – reimburse costs $5,000.00
  Berry Street – provision of meals $6,500.00
  Re-establishing gardens – voucher system $20,000.00
  Buxton Tennis Club – re-establishment and equipment $13,000.00
Rotary Club of Whittlesea  
  Wallan relief centre – reimburse costs $9,000.00
Rotary Club of Diamond Creek  
  Regeneration and re-establishing gardens $20,000.00
Rotary Club of Eltham  
  Kinglake Ranges Business Network-accommodation $53,265.00
Unified Rotary Districts Bushfire Recovery  
  Marysville Central – shopping precinct $90,000.00
Rotary Club of Southern Mitchell  
  Moira Kelly Farm – standby generator $13,363.40
Rotary Club of Alexandra  
  Marysville Golf Club – timber for bridges $9,400.00
  Narbethong – street scaping $10,000.00
  Local CFA brigades – equipment re-supply $20,837.00
Rotary Club of Whittlesea  
  Whittlesea CFA – chainsaws $2,372.73
Rotary Club of Mansfield  
  Music for children $3,131.50
Rotary Club of Riddells Creek  
  Household water supply $1,800.00
Rotary Club of East Shepparton  
  Trailer repairs for disabled person $2,080.75
Global Care Kinglake  
  Overheads for community support services $10,000.00


Most Rotarians in District 9790 will be aware of the tremendous amount of work undertaken by “Blaze-Aid”.

Following the initial set-up following the fires, the funding administration for this project has been handled by the Rotary Club of Southern Mitchell.

Once established Blaze-Aid received considerable donated funds. These funds were channeled through the Rotary Club of Southern Mitchell to District 9790 where a separate account has been created. All monies paid to Blaze-Aid have been sourced from the monies received by District 9790 in the name of Blaze-Aid.

District 9790 is currently holding credit funds in the Blaze-Aid account.

All the equipment purchased by, and for, Blaze-Aid has been retained and  cataloged by the Rotary Club of Southern Mitchell. The equipment is currently in container storage, to be utilized in any future disaster, as required.


Many fire affected communities are still recovering and will remain so for a considerable time. It is only when communities re-establish that funding priorities for projects to assist will become evident.

Depression and trauma counseling are becoming more evident and will require support to prevent the situation becoming a major issue. Just how Rotary can become involved is not always clear, but we must be mindful that there is a growing need in many communities.

The Kinglake Youthspace project is progressing slowly.  District 9790 has committed $100,000.00 to the project, and along with the commitment from other Rotary districts will result in a total Rotary commitment of $300,000.00

Our commitment to funding is dependant upon all the required permits being issued.

Gary Fitzgerald PP
District 9790 Bushfire Recovery Committee