Tuesday April 28, 2020 – To assist in the recovery and rebuild of the bushfire devastation in East Gippsland, Gippslandia has launched the Meaningful Post project, with the support of Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund (GERF).
Community members can purchase one or more fence posts to directly benefit local farmers and families, aiding in just one of the many obstacles they have before them in the regeneration process.
Gippslandia General Manager, Michael Duncan said; “The 2020 Summer Bushfires were truly devastating. As we stay home now to flatten the curve, we are not able to do as much as we would physically like to but, with a tap of our fingers, we can send direct support.
“The idea of the meaningful post was attributed to the outpouring of support and posting on social media, so we asked ourselves, if each of those people did one small thing would it make a big difference. The Meaningful Post campaign allows people to contribute a post that matters. We’ve made it a campaign that children can support with their pocket money. They can buy something physical and hopefully see their contribution on the next family outing to East Gippsland. Equally; business, families and community groups are all encouraged to make a contribution, great or small.”
Bushfire Recovery Victoria (BRV) Chief Executive Officer Lee Miezis said his Agency supported the initiative.
“Around 5,000 kilometres of fencing was lost in the 2019/20 bushfires, across almost 80 communities. Hundreds of families and farmers have been directly affected. There’s much work to be done, but the Meaningful Post campaign is a good way for people to contribute something to make a difference for those who need it”.
Duncan agrees; “there is a need far greater than we expect to fill but this is us putting our hand up and doing our bit. We are grateful for the support of GERF in helping us get this up and running.”
GERF President, John Mitchell, said; “GERF fully supports Gippslandia and how they’ve established this project, and we encourage people to donate or sponsor where they can. Recovery from this type of devastation can take up to three years, and it’s not just the physical toll – it’s a rollercoaster of emotion for these impacted families.
“There is a great need for fencing product and material and the Meaningful Post initiative complements the fencing efforts of the Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF) and East Gippsland Shire Council.”
At $5 for a fence post or $9 for a corner post, this is a great initiative for locals to support locals and get behind a community that has a long road ahead of them.
Visit https://bit.ly/meaningfulpost to show your support.