Sponsor a bushfire recovery kit program returns

by | Feb 20, 2020

The Nationals Member for Eastern Victoria Region, Melina Bath and Andrew Graham, Manager H Hardware in Traralgon launch the ‘Sponsor a Bushfire Recovery Kit’ for East Gippslanders who have lost homes and/or sheds.

A group of Gippsland hardware businesses have initiated a ‘Sponsor a Bushfire Recovery Kit’ program to assist people impacted by East Gippsland bushfires. 

The Bushfire Recovery Kits contain vital equipment to assist people who have lost their homes and sheds in the East Gippsland bushfires. 

The Nationals Member for Eastern Victoria Region, Melina Bath said she was approached by Andrew Graham of H Hardware in Traralgon to help facilitate the program which operated during Black Saturday in 2009. 

“The program encourages businesses, community groups and individuals to sponsor a Fire Recovery Kit for distribution to fire impacted home owners. Over 300 homes and/or sheds have been lost this summer and there is a mammoth clean up task ahead. Gippslanders have dug deep and this program offers another practical way to continue supporting East Gippsland families,” Ms Bath said.

The Bushfire Recovery Kits are purchased through one of the participating hardware stores at a cost of $330, with a retail value of $586. Ms Bath said this is a simple fundraiser which provides practical support. 

“We will work with local government and support agencies to ensure kits are delivered to people who have lost their homes and/or shedding. I congratulate Andrew and the team at H Hardware Traralgon for initiating this wonderful program and sincerely thank participating hardware stores namely, J&D Building Supplies – Orbost; Mallacoota Home Hardware and Lakes H Hardware. After spending time assisting the clean-up of properties in East Gippsland, I understand the need for this equipment. These Bushfire Recovery Kits will provide necessary basic essentials for getting people back on their feet,” Ms Bath said.

Participating Hardware stores include H Hardware Traralgon, J & D Building Supplies Orbost, Mallacoota Home Hardware and Lakes Entrance H Hardware.

The Bushfire Recovery Kit equipment includes: Striker sterling hammer, handsaw 22″, cyclone shifting shovel, Bahco chopping axe 600mm 1220g, Mattock garden w/hdl 1.6 kilograms, 200 millimetres Black Panther industrial snips, Yellow straight cut aviation snips, Agboss fire rake, Pro Choice safety gear riggamate beige premium Cowgrain gloves, Pro Choice safety gear 3700 series goggles clear lens, garden broom 450mm, large dust pan and fencing parrot beak pliers 250mm/10.

For more information on the sponsor a Bushfire Recovery Kit program contact Melina Bath MP’s electoral office on 5174 7066 or email: melina.bath@nullparliament.vic.gov.au