OPERATION WOODS
Perth Hills Fire Recovery

Status: Active
In Response to: Devastating bushfires
Location: Perth, WA
Feb 27th 2021 – APRIL 24th (EXTENDED DATES)

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Are you ready to deploy? Western Australian Team members will be best placed for this operation. However, DRA members around Australia are encouraged to apply.

Donating to this operation will support Disaster Relief Australia volunteers in real and practical ways.

Objective

A fire in the Wooroloo area north east of Perth has destroyed at least 86 dwellings, burning approximately 10500 ha of land with a fire perimeter of 136 km. DRA works in the Recovery Phase of the Emergency Management Cycle and our Relief teams are poised to deply to assist with the recovery operations.

DRA and the Minderoo Fire and Flood Resilience Fund have now also stepped up in preparation to help with recovery efforts for the Perth Hills Bushfire. Together with partners, and building on our joint experience with the Black Summer Bushfires around Australia, DRA will be managing a database of specialist volunteers who will be deployed to areas that have been identified as needing assistance.

These volunteers will include Fortescue and Western Force employees, as well as Minderoo Foundation staff who will be helping coordinate logistics and communications with affected residents.

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News and Field Ops Reports

Operation Woods Update

Disaster Relief Australia felt a sense of urgency to quickly gear up and provide much needed bushfire recovery to those affected by the Perth Hills bushfires. We leaned forwards to spin up our newest Disaster Relief Team in Perth. This was no small task and a worthy...

A partnership forged in fire: Disaster Relief Australia and Minderoo Foundation join forces

Disaster Relief Australia, a veteran-led disaster relief organisation, is collaborating with Minderoo Foundation’s Fire and Flood Resilience initiative to increase the deployment of volunteers to more operations in fire-affected parts of Australia as part of a $2.4...

Disaster Relief Australia ramps up to bring urgent recovery to bushfire survivors in Eurobodalla, Bega Valley and East Gippsland

Disaster Relief Australia, (DRA) is launching our first major operation for 2021, returning to bring urgent recovery to 2019/20 Black Summer bushfire survivors in Eurobodalla, Bega Valley and East Gippsland.

Community & Volunteer Reflections

Really good seeing you guys here – David Massie

It’s really good seeing you guys here, it’s been 7 weeks since the fire came through and did an awful lot of damage to the property and you guys have been the first people to actually arrive on the property and start helping with the clean up. Just your response has...

Something salvageable – ex veteran Kylie Baumback

Kylie Baumback: Front row, 3rd from left As a child my family home was totally destroyed by fire. The memories and details have never fully left me, the traumatic feeling of loss linger in the back of my mind popping up every now and again to remind me of the intense...

Damage assessor Rebecca Talbot

I'm a born and bred Perth Hills girl, previously in the Glen Forest volunteer brigade. The footage of the fires was heartbreaking, I wanted to give my time to support the community recover and rebuild. On this operation I spoke to a bloke to book a damage assessment....

A bit of hope and joy – Minderoo Volunteer Leigh van der Merwe Reflection

My folks live on Kangaroo Island. My family and I got over there a couple of weeks after the fires. I got to see the devastation and hear the stories firsthand. I understand the amount of help these people need. When I heard about the call out for volunteers through...
Damage assessor Rebecca Talbot

Damage assessor Rebecca Talbot

I'm a born and bred Perth Hills girl, previously in the Glen Forest volunteer brigade. The footage of the fires was heartbreaking, I wanted to give my time to support the community recover and rebuild. On this operation I spoke to a bloke to book a damage assessment....

Bec, Tegan and Samatha from Keno volunteered on Operation Corkhill

Bec, Tegan and Samatha from Keno volunteered on Operation Corkhill

Joining us on Operation Corkhill were Bec, Tegan and Smantha from Keno! BEC FARRELL - I have been working with KENO for 4 years and I’m in the Port Macquarie Region. This is my second time working with DRA. In 2019 just after the bushfires I went to Willawarrin and...