Grampians bushfires: BlazeAid volunteers to rebuild 200km of fences

HUNDREDS of kilometres of fencing burnt by Grampians bushfires will be rebuilt by a volunteer organisation.

BlazeAid will begin work at Laharum on Wednesday.

Laharum camp co-ordinator Brian Carr said BlazeAid started after Black Saturday destroyed fences across Victoria.

The organisation has been going for five years and relies on volunteers.

“It has been suggested that up to 200 kilometres of fencing will need to be rebuilt in the Grampians,” Mr Carr said.

“I haven’t seen the list of farmers who want help yet but we estimate it is 40 to 50. “We will deploy volunteers into the fields to help them out.”

Mr Carr said volunteers came from all over the country.

“I have already had calls from people in South Australia, Tasmania and Queensland,” he said.

“Many volunteers are ‘grey nomads’ – people who are retired and travelling around. 

“Lots of people follow the organisation from place to place. Some people just come for the weekend, others stay for a week or two and we’ve had people stay up to six months.”

Mr Carr said he expected work in the Grampians to take about three months.

“I will speak with the farmers and find out what needs to be done – that will give us a better idea,” he said.

Mr Carr said trailer loads of equipment from BlazeAid headquarters in Kilmore were due to arrive at the base camp in Laharum on Monday.

He said volunteers, who will receive three meals a day, would roll in on Tuesday and start work on Wednesday.

Mr Carr said anyone wanting to volunteer could go to for more information.

BlazeAid volunteers helped Wimmera farmers rebuild flood-damaged fences in 2011.

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