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.
Good News Stories
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.
 
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
 

RAWCS, RABS, RACG
 

Apply to fund a project: