More assistance available

People are still offering help to clean up, do fencing or whatever else needs doing. Three guys from the caravan park turned up on Monday and two from Dawseville and Ravenswood come down on Tuesday. Their details will be given to the recovery committee but you can also contact them direct. Graeme can tell you how.

We also still have offers of assistance from others who are wondering why they have not been asked to help.

Azztek Kitchen offer

Azztek Kitchens in Mandurah have sent us a donation from their staff which will go to the community together with some other funds we have.

Azztek have also offered an appliance package to the value of $2,000 to anyone whose kitchen was damaged or destroyed when they buy a new kitchen (from Azztek of course). Obviously, Azztek would need to assure themselves that anyone seeking to avail themselves of this offer is genuine.

It is very early to be looking at new kitchens but it would be a good idea to speak with these great people if you are at all interested in the very generous offer.

Azztek web site

What can they do to help?

We have had lots of offers of assistance, the most recent is from the Probus Club in Mandurah. These people are older and not able to do the physical things like using a chain saw. But they could look after your children or your partner or your animals while you go shopping, cook a meal for you, do some indoor cleaning while you are busy with the heavy work outside or any of the other day to day tasks that are so time consuming.

Leave a comment here, or phone Graeme 9739 1484.

Mosquitoes

There has been a spike in the number of mosquitoes recently. This has been caused by high tides which have prevented effective spraying. More details are in the press release – see link below.

This could not have come at a worse time as the fires have destroyed much of the mosquitoes habitat and it appears that they are targeting people even more than usual. So please take extra precautions – Ross River virus on top of all our other problems would be a REALLY bad thing!!

City of Mandurah Media Release 21 Jan 2011

Help is available

The guys from Karnet and Bunbury prisons are doing a wonderful job of cleaning up. Yesterday they started on Pat and Peter’s place and today they are getting stuck into Joe and Chris’s block. They can stay in the area as long as they are needed but if they run out of things to do they will have to go away.

So if you need help with cutting up fallen trees, dropping dead stuff, clearing fence lines etc etc please grab them before they get away. You can leave a comment here, phone Graeme on 9739 1484 or call supervisor Rob on 0418 940 896.

Drinking water

We have once again run out of bottled water at the hall – that makes about 1,000 bottles. We will restock tomorrow but would request that it is used only by people who still do not have facilities for storing bulk drinking water. You can also collect rain water in your own containers from the tank at the hall.

Skip bins

The Shire has requested that these be used only for fire waste – not disposal of unwanted household items. It would be a pity if they were removed because they were not used for the intended purpose.

Clean up

If you need to remove fences, burnt trees etc, one option is to use bigger machines including bulldozers, loaders, excavators etc. These are expensive by the hour but they get the job done quickly so the total cost may be lower than you expect.

Bulldozers are very expensive to transport so it would be a very good idea to get together with others in the area and share these mobilisation costs. If you want assistance in organising people to share mobilisation costs just leave a comment here.

Waroona Contracting had two dozers in the area on the night of the fire and understand the problems people are facing. Whilst they cannot provide this sort of equipment free of charge, they will not try to profiteer from this tragedy.

They can be contacted on 9733 1933 or 0417 962 321.

Assistance from prisoners

You may have seen a couple of groups of prisoners around the area. At present they are helping to get the roads back into a safe condition but they are also available to assist with clean up of properties damaged by the fire. They have all their own equipment including chain saws etc.

These guys are hand picked and well supervised. Those of us who have had contact with them have been very impressed with their willingness to help and their general demeanour. They even offered to clean the tables and the barbecues after the breakfast yesterday!

If you would like them to help you, leave a comment here OR phone 9739 1484 OR speak to one of the supervisors when you see them out and about.