Relief for farmers hit by the Wunghnu fire could get underway soon if United Dairyfarmers of Victoria can find enough volunteers to assist in fencing.February 18, 2014 1:00pm
Relief for farmers hit by the Wunghnu fire could get underway soon if United Dairyfarmers of Victoria can find enough volunteers to assist in fencing.
A co-ordinator has been appointed to gather names of farmers who have lost fencing and to co-ordinate offers of assistance from other farmers, individuals or groups.
Former Numurkah farmer Peter Cooper is taking calls for the UDV-sponsored program.
Under the arrangements, farmers will pay for materials while volunteers remove the old fire-damaged fences and put up the new ones.
‘‘This could run for a while, but we want to get an idea of numbers as soon as we can, ’’ Mr Cooper said.
‘‘We don’t want to leave it too long before we get organised.
‘‘We hope there might be people willing to put in a day or a weekend to help out. Organisations like service clubs will be very welcome.’’
He said no experience would be necessary for some of the work, such as removing the remains of old fences, and he believed inexperienced people could also work in more practised teams.
Mr Cooper said he did not know how many kilometres of fencing was destroyed. The CFA has estimated the fire swept through about 9000ha.
‘‘We know that there were a lot of boundary fences damaged, which can be a problem if you have stock, ’’ he said. ‘‘For the cropping farmers their needs may not be quite so urgent.’’
Anyone who needs help or can offer help can phone Peter Cooper on 0409995643.
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