Cobargo Bushfire Relief Centre advise: ·
The Cobargo Bushfire Relief Centre has now settled into its new premises at 22-34 Princes Highway Cobargo. Opening hours are Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 10.00-4.00 and Saturday 10.00-2.00. There is a huge range of warm clothes, wonderful waterproof jackets, bedding, sleeping bags, warm socks, a selection of tools and household goods, toiletries and beanies scarves and gloves. We hope you will find the new premises a warm and welcoming place to come and pick up some supplies, have a chat and get up to date, accurate information. We can also help with grant applications, put you in touch with case workers, advocate on your behalf with agencies and assist with administrative work. This has been a time of re-energising and renewal for the Relief Centre, with our new premises, some new volunteers (Jan, Kaddie and Cathy) coming on board to join stalwarts Liz, Rhonda, Anunda and Chelsea. Helen has also returned from her travels and will be in store from time to time. We have incorporated to become a Not for Profit Association with a committee of seven dedicated people who believe in our purpose and vision to “Receive and distribute goods and services to bushfire affected people in Cobargo and district, as well as refer people to welfare services where applicable. To provide information from services and agencies to assist people with their recovery. To provide a safe haven for bushfire affected people and to liaise with other community based relief centres”. The committee members are: Josh Clapp, Cassie King, Liz Martin, Danielle Murphy (President), Linda Sang, Tess Spicer and Chris Walters (Secretary/Treasurer). In addition to the regular donations and provision of goods and services, the Cobargo Bushfire Relief Centre works with large corporations to provide goods or grants. We have already negotiated the provision of over $30,000 worth of tools to bushfire affected members of the Bega Valley community and were successful in securing funding for over 200 IBC water tanks for those most in need of water security. We are currently seeking funding grants to enable us to provide more assistance to members of the community who may need an extra bit of help that the standard avenues have not yet provided. We would like to thank the Minderoo Foundation, Cobargo Community Bushfire Recovery Fund and Anglicare for provision of funds to enable us to move into our new premises and keep us operating for the next 12 months. We do hope you will drop in and visit us, have a cuppa and a chat and see how we can help you, or alternatively, how you may be able to help us.