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Bushfire Recovery & Resilience

Supporting Aussie Families Rebuild and Prepare for Future Bushfires

Habitat for Humanity Australia has been one of the most committed organisations in the greater Blue Mountains and Southern Highlands of NSW mobilising volunteers to provide practical bushfire recovery and resilience activities. Thanks to the support of our volunteers, partners and donors we have been able to support more Australian families recover from the Bushfires and now help them prepare for future bushfires.

-Helping Aussie be prepared for future bushfires

Bushfire Resilience

Our Bushfire Resilience Program is focusing on the most vulnerable members of their wider communities, local volunteers will help people prepare for bushfires by clearing away potential hazards at properties and shared spaces.

Alongside partner organisations, Habitat will also be working to help neighbourhoods get together, improve their skills and knowledge, and plan and prepare for bushfires as robust and connected communities.

Volunteers Engaged
100
Resilience Days
50
Owners Assisted
40
- Rebuilding and Restoring Hope

Bushfire Recovery Program Outputs

Habitat is committed to providing recovery services to fire-affected residents. The free service offered by Habitat involves:
Clean-up, salvage, sorting and piling of debris including homes, sheds and outbuilding, fencing and trees. Work will be undertaken to improve the living conditions of the family/resident we are helping.

Volunteers Engaged
952
Recovery Days
343
Owners Assisted
210
- Our impact in

New South Wales

Our Bushfire Recovery Program started in June 2020 and since then volunteers teams have been assisting on recovery days 2-3 days every week.

Key activities have included removing debris, removal and replacement of damaged fencing, re-instituting irrigation and re-planting of vegetation, and construction of a water and sanitation block

Volunteers Engaged
637
Recovery Days
92
Owners Assisted
44
- Our impact in

South Australia

Habitat South Australia’s program ‘Gardens of Hope’ assists families who lost their homes in the Cudlee Creek bushfires. Gardens of Hope will provide visual relief from fire-damaged landscapes and remove the burden from the homeowner of doing all the work themselves. Giving homeowners this support allows them to return to other normal daily activities and provide fire affected community members a significant boost in spirits and morale. This project is supported by Bendigo Bank, and is seeking South Australians to generously volunteer their time to help out.

Volunteers Engaged
315
Recovery Days
215
Owners Assisted
166
- Our impact in

Victoria

In Victoria the ‘Build Back’ program built temporary houses for bushfire affected families so they can have a safe and secure place to live whilst they rebuild their homes.

The pilot program included the building of three, 2-bedroom temporary houses in the Towong Shire, made from shipping containers.

- resorting hope and homes

Impact stories

Read our Aussie partner family stories from our Bushfire Recovery Program.

Local partner family

Meet Helena, Justin and Gabriel

Helena and Justin built their home over 20 years ago. Locals in the small, tight knit Southern Highlands community watched with interest as the land they were building on had been unoccupied prior…

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Meet Dierdre and Dennis

Dierdre is leaning slightly on her walking stick, warm coat and bobble hat a shield against the sunny but still mountain-cold afternoon. “Beautiful,” she says appreciatively as she looks at the shiny new…

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