Bushfire Recovery Committee
The role of the Rotary District 9705 Bushfire Recovery Committee (DBRC) is to assist Rotary clubs to coordinate their responses to bushfire recovery within the boundaries of the district.

There are several other participants in the bushfire recovery effort including government agencies, charity and community organizations, businesses and corporations, and individuals. To maximise the overall effort Rotary should actively explore opportunities for cooperation with such entities. It makes no sense for us to compete. The DBRC stands ready to assist clubs to coordinate responses to maximise benefits for bushfire victims.
Communities and individuals impacted by bushfires will have different needs. A one-size-fits-all approach is therefore unlikely to be effective. Clubs, or clusters of clubs within a local government area, should be in the best position to connect with their communities, assess needs, and plan responses. The DBRC’s role is to assist clubs, not to direct them.
The DBFC has been appointed by RAWCS to manage project funds provided to the district under the RABS and RACG programs. Links to program guidelines and application processes are provided on this webpage.
Committee Chair

DBRC Chairman
Phil Armstrong
   DBRC Secretary
John Mercer
Rotary Club Links
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These links enable Rotary clubs to access District 9705 bushfire recovery policies and procedures and apply to fund club or cluster based project.
A district bushfire recovery project has been registered with

Policies and procedures


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Bushfire News Stories
Bushfires began impacting in Australia as early as June 2019. Major impacts occurred during “Black Summer”, between December 2019 and January 2020.  During this time some communities have had to cope with drought, flood, and hail as well as bushfires!
For the whole of Australia, 33 lives were lost as a direct result of bushfires (some reports say 34). In addition there were 445 excess deaths from exposure to bushfire smoke. There were also 3340 admissions to hospitals with heart and lung problems and 1373 attendances at emergency departments due to complications with asthma. The cost of health impacts is estimated to be in excess of $2m.
More than 3500 homes and 5852 outbuildings were destroyed. At 28 May the value of insurance claims lodged as a result of property loss was $2.26 billion. 18 Million hectares of land has been scorched and 119 animal species left in need of "urgent management intervention".
Rotary District 9710 includes the south eastern part of NSW plus Canberra and the ACT. It is believed that within District 9710’s boundaries of nearly 1200 houses were destroyed, nearly half of the total of homes destroyed in the State of NSW.  Breaking that down further:
  • 501 houses were destroyed in Eurobodalla Shire and 274 damaged; 1716 houses in the line of fire were saved.
  • 448 houses were destroyed in Bega Valley Shire that adjoins Eurobodalla and 126 damaged; 1344 houses in the line of fire were saved.
  • Fires burnt 365,000 hectares in Bega Valley Shire, 58% of the Shire’s land mass.
  • Fires burnt 270,000 hectares in Eurobodalla Shire, 79% of the Shire’s land mass.
The source of this information includes media reports – especially coverage of The Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements – and the local knowledge of some Rotarians from District 9710.
Mathilda Stade (Tilly), a former exchange student to Forbes from Germany, approached her father’s Rotary Club, Kuhlungsbourn, and asked them to consider assisting bushfire victims in NSW. They responded with a donation of EURO 2,000 ($AU3224.25).
The devastating bushfires last summer burnt out houses, business premised, and vast areas of bushland – native fauna habitat. Amongst the victims, some Rotarians lost homes and businesses.  During 2018 and 2019 Rotary clubs of the South Coast of NSW donated to the Forbes, Parkes, Condobolin, West Wyalong and Lake Cargelligo Rotary Clubs to assist drought victims. Now it’s the turn of Central West Rotarians to lend a hand with bushfire recovery. The donation from the Kuhlungsbourn Rotary Club will be used to assist bushfire affected areas of the NSW South Coast and hinterlands.
ABC News recently ran an item about PODS being provided as temporary housing for some bushfire victims that lost their houses and will need some time to rebuild. Providing “recovery pods” is a joint initiative of the Minderoo Foundation and the New South Wales Government. $5m has been allocated.
The DBRC is not considering funding PODs because of their high per unit cost ($50,000), but it may be useful for Rotarians involved in bushfire recovery to know about the PODS, where they are being deployed, and how they are being funded.
Minderoo Foundation’s Fire Fund has today announced a significant collaboration with the New South Wales Government to deliver “recovery pods” to people rebuilding after the disastrous bushfire season.
Snapshot of a Fire Fund recovery pod, which offers temporary housing. Photo Credit: Fire Fund Team.
Minderoo Foundation CEO Andrew Hagger today joined NSW Deputy Premier and Minister responsible for Disaster Recovery, John Barilaro, to announce the $5 million program, with funding to be contributed equally.
FUNDRAISERS: Wagga Multicultural Council CEO Belinda Crain with members of Wagga 's Yazidi refugee community Khedder Sharkan and Shab Mahmood
MEMBERS of Wagga's refugee community have pitched in to raise funds for a community project in Batlow after a devastating bushfire tore through the small town earlier in the year.