GERF aid still available for bushfire victims

Assistance is still available from the Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund for people affected by the 2013 Aberfeldy bushfire.

GERF has made more than 40 disbursements from its bushfire appeal, mainly to farming properties, farmers and other people affected by the fire in the Seaton and Heyfield areas.

However, GERF President, John Mitchell, said he believed there were many more affected farms, individuals and properties that were eligible for assistance. He urged those affected to apply for assistance via the Municipal Recovery Office at Wellington Shire.

Mr Mitchell said he was relieved that the fire, which has been burning out of control for over a month, has finally been contained. The fire burned more than 85,000 hectares, destroying property and livestock and killing one man.

He said the Fund’s appeal has generated almost $250,000 in donations.

“This is a tremendously generous community response considering the number of other natural disasters taking place across Australia at the same time,” Mr Mitchell said.

“The Fund has received significant donations from individuals in South and Central Gippsland, from the Sisters of Mercy at Lewishaw in New South Wales, as well as from corporations and their employees. Community based organisations have run and are continuing to run fund raising events.”

Mr Mitchell stressed that 100% of donations are distributed to the community.

A total of 139 donations have been received to date via our website, 375 via direct deposit and 377 via the post.

More than $100,000 has been received by corporations and their employees operating in Gippsland:

  • Esso Australia
  • Silcar Yallourn
  • AGL Loy Yang
  • GDF Suez Loy Yang B
  • Energy Australia Yallourn
  • ASIC Employee Community

Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund is continuing to accept donations.