Farmers affected by Waroona, Harvey and Esperance bushfires still need help

Firefighters fighting a blaze in Waroona in January
Firefighters fighting a blaze in Waroona in January

FARMERS affected by devastating bushfires near Esperance, Waroona and Harvey are struggling and suffering in silence and still need support to help rebuild their lives.

Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades of WA vice president Dave Gossage said many people thought the emergencies were over after the media coverage had diminished.

“Sadly there are many in the farming community that are still struggling and are suffering in silence,” he said.

“There are still many kilometres of fencing to build, and damage caused by the fire suppression effort to be cleaned up and restored to its original condition.

“It is coming up to the time when crops need to be put in the ground. But having spent their funds on putting up the fencing to hold what stock they have in on the land, they wonder how they are going to pay for the seed and fertiliser to get feed to grow again.”

The bushfires have scorched the ground and winds have blown fertile soil away.

“The fire has burnt their tractors, seeders, ploughs and equipment they need to bring life back to the land, not to mention the machines they need to mix and blend the feeds to keep the stock alive.”

People can help the Waroona and Harvey communities by contributing to the Lord Mayor’s Distress Relief Fund and the Esperance community .

“Please keep these affected communities in your prayers as they have a very long road in front of them,” Mr Gossage said.