Our small rural village of Cobargo on the NSW Far South Coast was one of the hardest hit by the bushfires that have devastated so much of eastern Australia this year. This is a community-led fundraiser to help Cobargo manage its recovery and ensure the village survives this disaster.
Cobargo was overwhelmed by a massive firestorm on New Year’s Eve. Three people died in the conflagration including father and son Robert and Patrick Salway. A fourth person died later in hospital. At least 108 homes were destroyed, more than 400 properties badly damaged, our farms have been devastated, thousands of animals killed, our forests burnt and the historic heart of our beautiful village was razed to the ground. The neighbouring village of Quaama was similarly fire ravaged.
We need to do all we can to ensure our village recovers from this disaster. Cobargo needs to restore the confidence of its community, help people deal with the long-term trauma of these fires , restore the local economy and local jobs, and regenerate our natural environment. In our rebuilding we want to implement more sustainable solutions for energy usage, including a village micro-grid. We also want to improve the readiness of our village and localities to deal with future disasters. Our aim is to ensure that we emerge from this tragedy as a stronger, regenerative community, guided by regenerative principles. We need your help to do this.
The Cobargo Community Bushfire Recovery Fund has been set up by four of Cobargo's leading not-for-profit community groups to raise funds to help Cobargo recover and rebuild. The Fund will be used for projects that benefit the recovery of the whole community. It is run by community volunteers, so overheads and admin costs will be kept low. This group will help lead the community discussion on the future of our village. Projects will be identified through community consultation; developed and implemented by local people, drawing on expert help as needed.
The fund is an initiative of the Cobargo Folk Festival and the Yuin Folk Club Inc, the Bowerbird Opportunity Shop, the Cobargo Cooperative Society Ltd and the Cobargo Show Society Inc. It will be managed transparently and fully audited. Each of these organisations are run by reputable committees and all have a history of giving back to the community. Safeguarding the reputations of our village and our parent organisations by ensuring this fund is properly managed is a priority.
While we are shattered by what has happened to our region, we are full of hope for the future.
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All contributions, big and small, welcomed. You can contribute through this GoFundMe page or directly to:
Cobargo Community Bushfire Recovery Fund. Bendigo Bank BSB: 633 000 Account no: 171 210 016