On Saturday 4th Jan 2020, the Dunn’s Road Fire ripped through the small country town of Batlow, NSW. The fire has destroyed 20 plus homes, apple orchards to the North and West of the town, thousands of animals, a great deal of agricultural and horticultural infrastructure, and sadly one man lost his life helping to fight the fires.
As we write this the fire is still active close by and has the potential to further impact the town. The fires have taken peoples’ livelihoods and partially destroyed a town that has been supplying the entire nation with apples since 1922. 1,300 people call Batlow town home. Batlow is an important food producing region to every Australian and is known to produce Australia’s favourite apple. For us at Batlow Cider, it’s the source of our apples and the home to our brand.
To be sure the funds raised in this appeal are distributed to those in need we are working with one of our country’s most reputable organisations, the Country Women’s Association (CWA) – Batlow Branch. CWA - Batlow will ensure all funds will be distributed without any administration costs and in a manner that will benefit those that have lost their homes or those that have had their livelihoods significantly impacted by the fires.
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