2014 Recovery Award Winners

Disaster Recovery Toolkit

Following Black Saturday fires CPA Australia discovered there were it was discovered that there was limited resources available to assist businesses recovery after disasters such as bushfires.

CPA Australia identified this gap and set about creating a free disaster recovery toolkit for businesses.

In 2013, after the kit had been used to assist businesses recover from various disasters around Australia Jan Barnard from Financial Management Trainer worked with CPA Australia to redevelop the kit in a new more user friendly format.

In its current form, the toolkit guides business owners or managers through the steps they need to undertake following a disaster, and how to develop a short term recovery plan and a long term recovery plan.

Farm Fencing Recovery Program – East Gippsland

In 2003 after bushfire destroyed kilometres of farms fences in the high country north of Omeo and Buchan, East Gippsland. Brothers Ken tuart used their experience in the CFA and as a farm fence contractor to recruit volunteer to repair fences for farmers who could not afford it.

After the 2014 fires in the region, Alan and Stuart were approached by the local council to formalise their role in the community and formed a partnership with Shire, Lindenow CFA and Lindenow Lions Club and the ‘Farm Fencing Recovery Program’ was formed.

Following the formalisation the team was able to quickly assess the damage caused by the fire and set to work. The team coordinated:

  • Volunteers
  • Donations from the community; and other
  • Donated materials and equipment from organisations

As a result 130 kilometres of fence line was cleared and replaced, allowing farmers return back to business as usual as soon as possible.

The Tree Project

In the aftermath of the Black Saturday bushfires a group of blacksmiths decided to create a small memorial to the support the community in the grieving and healing process.

Lead by the Australian Blacksmiths Association’s Victorian Branch (Vic).

The Project soon started to receive support from individuals and organisations around the world in the form of sponsorship, materials and services.

Through this support community members were given the opportunity to have a leaf designed with a message stamped onto it and the steel truck and branches was constructed at no cost to the community.

The memorial tree was installed in Strathewen in a community memorial garden on the 14 February 2014, five years to the day that the project had commenced.

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