Community responds to fire crisis

Brett Smart, right, is among the Deans Marsh farming community which donated 200 rolls of hay to help their fire-affected counterparts. He is pictured with his grandsons, Jake and Lachie Balderas and Thomas Gretgrix.

Colac and district residents have played their part in assisting the national and global effort to support the victims and volunteers affected by Australia’s bushfire disaster.

Last night’s Band Together Colac concert was a fitting crescendo to weeks of efforts from a wide range of individuals, businesses and organisations who did what they could to help fire-affected communities.

Colac Otway Shire mayor Jason Schram said he was proud of the way the community reacted to help people in crisis elsewhere in the country.

“One thing that’s great about the Colac district, they always band together in anyone’s time of need. It’s one of the great things about living in a small community, people always chip in and help each other,” he said.

“It says a tremendous amount about how the community is a great place to live and a great place to have a family, with all the community pride, with people willing to help each other out.”

Colac man Jake Buchanan, who told the Colac Herald about his ordeal at Bermagui at New Year’s Eve, has raised more than $10,000 with his “Fiver for Fire” initiative.

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