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Ways you can contribute through donations, goods and in-kind support

We have received many messages from people in the dairy community wanting to assist those affected by the Upper Murray bushfires. Here is a list of opportunities to donate cash and goods or to provide in-kind support. 

Cash donations

Victorian Bushfire Appeal 

The Victorian Government has partnered with Bendigo Bank and The Salvation Army to establish the Victorian Bushfire Appeal, with 100% of donated funds going directly to communities in need.

The Australian Red Cross

The Red Cross runs recovery programs and emergency assistance in communities affected by bushfires. They are currently supporting thousands of people in evacuation centres and recovery hubs across Australia through their Disaster Relief and Recovery program.

Your local brigade

You can donate directly to your local volunteer brigade for much-needed equipment and volunteer support. Click for details to donate to the Rural Fire Service (RFS) or the Country Fire Authority (CFA).

Fodder 

You can donate fodder directly to the Upper Murray region by contacting the following local people: 

Upper Kiewa Valley 
Grant Ryder - 0427 188 687
Nikki Ryder - 0418 506 446

Lower Kiewa Valley
Scott McKillop - 0458 289 343

Please note: Anyone donating hay needs to provide records of their donation to the Victorian Farmers' Federation to claim the potential freight subsidy. Please record hay type, volume, where it came from and where it went, truck rego and driver/companies details.
Email fodder@vff.org.au or phone Georgina Livery on (03) 9207 5556. 

Housing

Those who can provide accommodation for fire victims, pets and/or volunteers can register through the following websites: 

Labour, cow parking and milking facilities

Although access has not yet been granted for affected areas, Murray Dairy is collecting details of people offering labour, cow parking, milking facilities and other operational support for dairy farmers. Once access is granted, we will be able to match you up with recovery crews and/or farmers in need. 

Contact Lachlan Barnes: 0438 092 392 or lachlanb@murraydairy.com.au or register to join a recovery crew with BlazeAid

Other suggestions from the National Farmers' Federation are included in this FarmHub article - Australian Bushfires: How you can help

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