Wimmera Container Line supports BlazeAid effort

DOOEN company Wimmera Container Line has donated a shipping container to volunteer group BlazeAid, which is helping in the Grampians bushfire recovery effort.

The container will house tools for the current recovery work and future disasters.

Wimmera Container Line general manager Allister Boyce said it meant a lot to be able to assist BlazeAid’s work.

“They are sort of forgotten people, but someone’s got to get in there and help clean up after a fire and I think they do a terrific job,” he said.

“We were happy to get the opportunity to assist in something like that for the good of the region.”

Since they arrived in January, 234 volunteers from across Australia have helped the recovery effort.

Current co-ordinator of the BlazeAid operation in the northern Grampians is Mt Gambier man Barry Thompson.

Mr Thompson said the container would provide valuable assistance to BlazeAid.

“When it comes time to finish up here, then we can pack it with all our equipment and go back to the BlazeAid headquarters in Kilmore,” he said.

“Then it will end up going all around Australia. Whether it be fire, flood or cyclone and BlazeAid is involved, they’ll have a container.”

Mr Thompson said logistics company Linfox would move the shipping container to wherever it was needed in Australia.

“It secures and simplifies everything and that’s just a terrific effort by the people who donated it,” he said. 

Mr Thompson said BlazeAid’s northern Grampians response had seen them on 58 farms, clear 180 kilometres of fencing and rebuild 125 kilometres of fencing.

More than two months after lightning ignited the Grampians fire, 32 BlazeAid volunteers are still in the area. The community has provided 1704 meals to BlazeAid volunteers.

Mr Thompson said they would continue the job until its completion, which he predicted would be in late April.

“Everyone’s coming to us saying that they appreciate BlazeAid and BlazeAid people really appreciate the community,” he said.

He said the assistance from community groups and individuals had been vital to sustaining the volunteer effort.

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