Who can help?

The Sarsfield community was heavily impacted by the bush fires in December 2019/20. The following information is intended to help locate recovery resources if you need support.

General services

A Community Recovery Hub has been established next to the Sarsfield hall by Bushfire Recovery Victoria (BRV). The hub is staffed by Hub Services Coordinators Allison Norfolk and Neil Smith. Allison & Neil are available to assist local residents with finding recovery assistance. Please call ahead if you intend to drop in.

Fire safety education

The Fire Safety Outreach program is a free service for community members and professionals to access information and fire safety education from trained CFA community education officers. Our community education officers will get in touch at a time that suits, via whatever communication method works for you.

Find out about:
  • Bushfire planning for your household;
  • Property preparation for bushfire;
  • Understanding the fire danger ratings;
  • Where to gain trusted information during emergencies;
  • Fire restrictions, what you can and cannot do;
  • Home fire safety information;
  • Support education sessions for your community groups and clubs.

To register your interest for the program please contact firesafetyoutreach@cfa.vic.gov.au or call 0419 874 484 (BH). We will then make contact with you and refer you to one of our CFA Community Education Officers

Grant help

Looking for that one spot where you can quickly go to for grant information? Peter Williams from Deloitte has developed a virtual one stop shop for federal, state and local government grants. It is very intuitive. 

Rebuilding your property

Property planning

East Gippsland Shire has launched a Bushfire Rebuild and Planning Concierge Service. The objective of the concierge service is to provide specialised advice to help streamline both the planning application requirements and overall rebuild of bushfire effected properties. You can find out more here.

Fencing

Blaze Aid are active in the area and can assist with external fencing projects. You should contact them direct by going to their Facebook page for Blaze Aid Buchan or Blaze Aid Bruthen if you don’t use Facebook you can go to their website for more information.

Burnt fencing wire drop off point

A drop off point is now open for Sarsfield and Clifton Creek residents to drop off burnt fencing wire. The drop off point is located on the Sarsfield side of the bridge over the Nicholson river on the Great Alpine Road. Please not only metal can be dropped off, no timber of plastic posts, insulators etc.

Trees for your property

A small number of potted advanced trees have been donated to fire impacted Sarsfield/Clifton Creek residents.

Guidelines:

  • Limit of 1 tree/property
  • First priority is those who’ve been directly impacted by the fires.
  • Any left over trees can then be offered to non-fire impacted Sarsfield residents.
  • Tree species are mostly deciduous and ornamental (such as ornamental pears or crepe myrtles).

Please register your interest with the Sarsfield Community Association by calling Jo Andrews on 0408 386 184

Machinery and tools for rebuilding

The Bruthen Lions tool library is now fully stocked with around 200 items. The tool library is located at the Sarsfield Recreation Reserve, School Rd, Sarsfield. The Library is open from 2 – 4pm Monday and Friday each week. If you borrow Monday you return Friday. If you borrow Friday you return Monday. All returns need to be at 3pm to make the tools available for others. You can book the tools online by clicking this link.

Tank & septic rebates

If your home’s rainwater or septic tank was lost or damaged in last summer’s bushfires, then you may be eligible for a rebate of up to $20,000 to replace them. The rebate program is for fire-affected households in Alpine, Towong and East Gippsland shires and will cover:

  • 50% of the purchase and installation cost of a rainwater and/or septic tank
  • Up to the full cost of the initial rainwater tank refill
  • Any minor repairs, and any required assessments
Find out more: www.melbournewater.com.au/RaSTRprogram

Workplace pathways for young people

The Red Cross Education and Workplace Pathways Grant assists young people looking to continue their education or to support those looking for work. This grant could help with paying education fees, accessing technology to support work or education needs, or purchasing work related attire such as safety gear. To qualify, you need to:
  • Be between 15 and 25 years old;
  • Have identification (or government letter) to demonstrate that your residence was in a bushfire impacted area, and proof of residency (e.g. utility bill);
  • Provide evidence of school or course enrolment;
  • Provide evidence around your workplace situation – this will be discussed with you.
If approved for a grant, a bank statement or internet banking screenshot, clearly showing your name; bank name; BSB; and account details, will be required. This is so we can transfer funds to your account. To apply or for more information, please call The Salvation Army’s Bushfire disaster team on 1300 662 217 or email sal.disasters@salvationarmy.org.au

Mental health support

Rural Health Connect

An online platform that allows you to do free sessions with a psychologist over video conferencing.

Sessions are bulk billed (free) for anyone whose mental health has been impacted by bushfires (you do not need to have been directly impacted). No GP referral or mental health care plan necessary if the session is related to bushfires. Wide range of specialties available, including sessions for children.

Simply go to the website and sign up. We will then call you to confirm which psychologist and time would suit.
www.ruralhealthconnect.com.au
We are here to help. Please call 0427 692 377 for assistance.