It’s where I was born, in the hospital that burned down on Saturday 4th January. It’s where I grew up, a small country town, where everyone knows everyone. This community is one of a kind, and I am so proud to call this my home. I am devastated by the damage the fires that ripped through on Saturday caused; to homes, businesses, forestry, farms, orchards, livestock and people’s livelihoods.
At least 20 homes have been lost, our local petrol station also and the damage to orchards and farms and livestock is still to be assessed. The recovery for these will be long and for some it may be impossible, so I feel compelled to help where I can. I have a goal of $20,000 which is a conservative amount given the damage caused, (eg: only $1000 per house) and I hope we can reach this and go beyond and help others affected in the Snowy Mountains; Tumbarumba, Talbingo and Adelong and surrounding areas, with immediate assistance and for rebuilding in the future. Help us continue to keep Batlow famous for apples.
This town built me and I owe to the community to have a town for the next generation to grow and dream like I was able to do.
Be assured these funds will go directly to those affected in the community and will be distributed fairly and according to the level of need. We have now set up an email address so that information of those in need, eg; those that have lost homes and belongings, had property damaged and livestock effected can be passed on to us and we can find the best way to assist them. Email: [email redacted]