Aerial photos

A couple of years ago, some people purchased aerial photos of their properties from a pilot who was doing survey work in the area. This guy has very generously provided new copies of all the photos he sold and these are available at no cost. So if you would like to replace your lost or damaged photo just call Pat on 9739 1484.

Applications for Lord Mayor’s fund

People who claimed the State Government grants of $3000 or $1000 have been sent claim forms for the Lord Mayor’s Fund which is administered by the Recovery Committee. If you or anyone you know has not received a form you should contact Tracey or the shire. This applies also to those who were affected but did not claim the State Government grant.

One person has told me that he will not be making a claim because the criteria appear to eliminate him. I also know that one person who lost their home has written a four page attachment as he felt that the forms did not adequately cover his particular situation.

While the forms are not perfect and the criteria are daunting, may I suggest that everyone affected should submit a claim and leave it to the committee to sort out how the funds will be distributed. One thing is certain – no claim, no money!!

It is not possible to predict how the committee will regard your insurance status. There are many sides to this issue and I suggest that you do not attempt to pre-judge the committee’s decisions. The best thing to do is to lodge a claim, give all the facts and allow those charged with the responsibility to make decisions.

By the way, you should be aware that all decisions of the Recovery Committee are subject to review by the Board of the Lord Mayor’s Fund to ensure that they are consistent with decisions in all other disaster areas of the state.

There is an amount of money that MUST be distributed amongst those affected and if you have suffered losses, there is always a possibility that your particular circumstances will be judged to be worthy of some funding.

If you need help in completing the forms, this can be arranged – just contact Tracey or Graeme and we will do our best to assist you.

This will be a long and bureaucratic process and it comes at a very difficult time but please make sure that you do not miss out because it all looks too hard.

Donated clothing etc

As you know, a huge amount of clothing, linen and other items were donated immediately following the fires in January. Some items were taken by victims but there has been no movement of these items for several weeks.

The clothing and linen is being sent to Mayday in Mandurah where it will be professionally sorted, displayed and offered for sale. As you may know, all the profits made by Mayday are distributed to needy people and organisations in the region. Mayday already has a good range of items and ours will further extend their ability to assist everyone in the region.

SO – if you were impacted by the fires and need clothing or anything else that Mayday has, all you need to do is to ask Tracey Timmins for a letter to identify you. Take it to Mayday and you will be given special treatment!!

There is still a lot of food, toiletries etc at the hall. Just call Tracey or Graeme if you would like to collect some. Anything that is not collected in the next couple of weeks will be donated to one of the charity groups in Mandurah.

Did you see this incident?

On the afternoon of 10 January there was an incident at the road block on the corner of Old Coast Rd and Armstrong Hills Drive. A red car driven by a volunteer fireman was refused entry and went through the road block. The driver is now being charged with serious offences and needs witnesses. If you were one of the people who were there at the time it would help this person greatly of you were prepared to say what you saw or heard. If you were not there but know someone who was present, please tell them about this message.

In the first instance, please call Graeme on 9739 1484 who will put you in touch with the person concerned

Chooks!!

Monty has asked me to post the following message:

“I have just been in touch with an egg farmer and asked what he does with his ex layers. Unfortunately he just gave away 2,000.  He told me his next lot to go will be ready in June.  He said that he will give them to Lake Clifton for free – As many as we want.  I am happy to keep a register of names and numbers of those that would like to give some old girls a new life.  With a bit of love, the girls will give a few eggs.  We just might need double the chooks.  Start getting the chook pens ready!
Send me name, contact details and how many girls you you want to: kat.montague@westnet.com.au”

Good on you Monty!!

Water supply

There is now a tap to make it a bit easier to fill water containers from the tank at the hall – apologies for the delay. We know that there are still some people without their own drinking water supply and these people are very welcome to use the water at the hall – just remember that it is untreated rain water.

Another fire

It appears that we may still have someone lighting fires in the area. Yesterday afternoon a small fire was found on Old Bunbury Road. Fortunately it was extinguished by passing motorists (one of whom lost their home on 10 January) and we are very grateful to those people.

I am going to put a pair of boots, some water and a chaff bag in the boot of my car!!

Generous offer from Men of the Trees

The following is the text of an email sent to one of our fire victims.
We are sorry to hear of your misfortune and are willing to help in anyway possible.
We are the Peel Branch of Men of The Trees stationed in Mandurah but help all over the State.
We are in the process of seeding our plants for the 2011 season and would be willing to grow extras for you as a donation, and help in the planting .
Are you able to advise types of plants,quantity etc?
This offer is open to your neighbours as well.
I have already contacted your Shire in this regard and am waiting their reply .
We are not sure of their plan and don’t want to interfere with them .
Hoping to hear from you soon.
Manny Milonas
President/Chairperson.
This could be of great assistance to people wanting to get their blocks green again. If you are interested, contact the shire or leave a comment here and Tracey Timmins will ensure that it gets to the recovery committee.