In Response to: Devastating bushfires

Location: Yinnar South, Latrobe Valley VIC

Active: Friday 12th Feb – Sunday 14th Feb 2021 inclusive

ANNOUNCEMENT: On hold due to VIC lockdown

Are you ready to deploy? This service project is open to Melbourne DRT members. Preference will be given to those available for all THREE days of the Service Project Fri 12th, Sat 13th & Sun 14th Feb 21.

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


Disaster Relief Australia (DRA)’s Melbourne DRT, is collaborating with the community of Yinnar South, Latrobe Valley and the DRA National Training Team with the aim to train DRA members in Chainsaw Operator Level 1 & 2 skills and for experienced chainsaw operators to refresh their skills helping this community in their path to recovery.

On 3 March 2019, a lightning strike started a bushfire at Yinnar South. The fire burned through 1,913 hectares impacting the Budgeree, Jumbuk and Yinnar South areas, destroying two homes and three outbuildings including the Jumbuk Hall. Due to steep terrain the bushfire was not declared contained until over a month later.

Members will assist in clearing properties in support of bushfire survivors in the Latrobe Valley, participating in recovery works to re-establish amenities and facilities along The Grand Strzelecki Track. Members have the opportunity to gain experience in DRA’s various operational roles by heading to Yinnar South for the extended weekend with the opportunity to camp out on site during this time.



Due to Covid-19 complications, DRA was forced to put this Service Project on hold. Disaster Relief Australia is dedicated to come back into the community to provide recovery works including debris removal, chainsaw work & repairs to fence lines.

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