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USASA Response to the Bushfire Disaster

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Jackson Polley

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USASA Response to the Bushfire Disaster

As I’m sure most of you are aware, South Australia and Australia more widely is gripped by a bushfire crisis on a scale that has never been seen before in this country.

I would like to extend my condolences to the victims of the bushfire event in South Australia and to the broader Australian community affected by this continuing tragedy. I am aware that there are members of the UniSA community who have been affected by this unprecedented disaster and my thoughts are with you at this time.

Unfortunately, this bushfire season is far from over, and with resources stretched to their limits, the damage may have only just begun. At this time, thoughts and prayers are not enough, action is needed. Acknowledging this, I would like to encourage all students and university staff who are in a position to financially contribute to donate to the relief efforts as this is one of the most effective ways that you can help support affected communities.

Please consider donating to some of the following organisations;

The Kangaroo Island Mayoral Relief Fund
South Australian Country Fire Service Foundation
St Vincent de Paul Society
Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park
South Australian Veterinary Emergency Management (SAVEM)

Another way to assist is by donating items to Foodbank SA. Due to power outages, they’ve asked for non-perishable items - things like UHT milk, cereals, canned foods but also things such as new toiletries and essentials.

If you have time available, maybe consider volunteering to help Blaze Aid as they go out into the community to help rebuild.

This list is by no means exhaustive, as there are many other organisations in this state and in others which are also battling to help in any way that they can. Have a look here for South Australia or here to help nationally.

This crisis is more than likely only in its infancy, and I urge you all to give anything that you are capable of. If you have friends who have been affected, reach out to them and check that they’re okay. Times like these can be stressful to say the least, and it’s important that we come together and support each other as a united community.

Noah Beckmann
USASA President