Sarsfield Bushfire Recovery

Sarsfield Community Emergency Preparedness Initiative

When the 2019/20 bushfires tore through Sarsfield, it left 200 properties damaged and 80 homes completely destroyed. 

The Rotary Clubs of Brighton North and Glenferrie together with Past District Governor Janne Speirs and members of the East Gippsland Fire Aid Committee from Rotary Clubs in the Sarsfield vicinity stepped in to assist.

RC Brighton North and RC Glenferrie contributed financially towards a Rotary Foundation Global Grant together with several international Rotary Districts and Clubs. The District 9800 Bushfire Appeal also contributed to the Project. 

The area of focus for the Global Grant was Economic and Community Development which is directed towards:

"Strengthening communities' economic resilience and adaptive capacity in response to environmental and climate-related hazards and natural disasters; Developing and supporting community-based basic emergency preparedness services to improve economic resilience"

Foundation Global Grants do not cover construction of buildings but cover measures to build up Community capacitance so the Grant was directed towards fitout of an area of the hall to provide and emergency evacuation centre when another bushfire catastrophe occurs

Budget items to do with the hall - 

Internal extension fitout $35,730
Commercial Kitchen fitout  $45,247
Restrooms / shower room fitout  $6,550
Solar panels / roof flood sprinklers $19,511
TOTAL   $107,038

Recently the Sarsfield Community Association received a Government Grant to rebuild the hall.

Location (19 km from Bairnsdale)


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