All of us at Elton Consulting feel enormous sadness at the impact that the bushfire crisis continues to have on communities across Australia. We extend a massive thank you to responders, volunteers, individuals and businesses for their tireless work to protect and support communities.
The rain is finally starting to fall, but there must be no loss of focus on those people affected and the climate issues we face. There is a long road ahead to recovery and more fire crises are predicted by experts. The costs of the current fire season – in lives, mental health, property, livestock, and native flora and fauna – are already incomprehensibly high. Amongst the sadness and grief has also been a wonderful outpouring of generosity and acts of kindness from across Australia and around the world. With our colleagues in WSP and as individuals, we too are working to support our team, clients and communities impacted by this tragedy.
Together we will support each other, rebuild affected communities and work to achieve maximum consensus on the policies and actions required to prevent future tragedies.
There are resources available to assist people who have been directly affected. We list some of them here.
- Beyond Blue: mental health support and information
- Australian Government DisasterAssist website: information on the latest warnings, government announcements and disaster arrangements
- Department of Human Services: support summary for people directly affected by bushfires in disaster declared areas
- Australian Institute of Architects (AIA): the AIA has released practice notes and other resources applicable to fire-related risk and design from its Acumen platform
- NSW Government: Bushfire Housing Assistance Service
- NSW Department of Primary Industries: support for fire-affected landholders, primary producers and animal carers
- NSW Rural Fire Service: information on the bushfire appeal, how to donate and support volunteers
- Local Government NSW: a compilation of resources for NSW Councils
- Tenants Union of NSW: Fact sheet for bushfire affected private renters
- VicEmergency: information on relief and recovery centres, warnings, how to donate and support
- Victorian Department of Health and Human Services: information on financial crisis support and hardship programs
- Victorian Bushfire Appeal: information on the appeal and how to donate