Knox Community responds generously to bushfire tragedy

Photo: Strike team by Justin Stackpole

The bushfire crisis across Victoria and around the country has dominated headlines this summer. In this time of great tragedy, we have seen the very best of the Knox community.

Knox Council has been inundated with messages from residents looking for ways they can support bushfire relief efforts.

Members of local emergency services including the Ferntree Gully CFA and Scoresby Fire Brigade have attended the fires in East Gippsland, providing on-the-ground support to those fighting the bushfires and witnessing the horrific conditions first-hand.

Local clubs and community organisations have held fundraisers and collected donations to support impacted families and communities.

Knox City Council Mayor, Cr Nicole Seymour said that the response has been testament to the character of Knox.

‘We are a community that truly cares about our natural environment and about each other,’ said Cr Seymour. ‘The true sense of mateship, generosity and compassion within the Knox community has shone during this time of incredible hardship.

‘Here in the foothills of the Dandenong Ranges, our natural landscape is precious to us and the threat of fire is all too close to home for many. I thank everyone who has contributed in any way they can during this time.’

Knox Council has also responded to calls for support from impacted municipalities, providing assistance with response and relief efforts, such as deploying staff to support East Gippsland Shire.

Council will continue to work with the Municipal Association of Victoria regarding further assistance required over the coming weeks and months, as the impacted areas begin recovery efforts.

Those who still wish to provide support are reminded that monetary donations are the best way to ensure your contribution goes to helping those effected by the bushfires. Visit the Victorian Bushfire Appeal website for information on how to contribute.

The fires in East Gippsland have been burning since November and with the fire season set to continue for several months, the generous contributions of those in Knox, across Australia and around the world need to continue to ensure these communities have the resources needed to rebuild.

Cr Seymour echoed this sentiment. ‘As individuals, we can keep these communities front-of-mind and consider how we can support them on an ongoing basis,’ she said.

‘As well as monetary donations, choosing to purchase produce and products from East Gippsland is a fantastic way to support businesses in the impacted areas and assist them in providing jobs as their communities begin to rebuild.

‘So when you’re doing your grocery shopping, take a look at the label – if it says “made in East Gippsland”, make it your first choice.’

Find out more about what you need to know here.

Donate at the Victorian Bushfire Appeal website, or visit the VicEmergency website for more information and resources on the bushfires.

You can also find a list of local Bushfire Fundraisers and events here.

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