Toodyay residents are beginning the recovery process after a bushfire that started on Tuesday burnt through more than 2900 hectares and destroyed 38 homes.
The fire also destroyed three holiday cottages, 20 sheds and outbuildings, and caused partial damage to a further three homes.
A number of agencies are working together to help the community recover.
These steps may help you and your family with your recovery:
· seek support from local welfare agencies
· encourage your family to talk about their experience with friends and neighbours
· rely on official information from authorities
· become involved in community activities as soon as you can
· children should return to their normal routine as soon as possible
A one stop shop of services with representatives from State Government departments, the Shire of Toodyay, insurers and health fund services is open today at Toodyay town hall today for fire victims.
Up to $3,000 monetary assistance is available for families in immediate need of help. For more information visit Shire representatives at the Toodyay town hall or the Toodyay Visitors Centre.
With the fires declared a natural disaster, individuals, businesses and local councils can also apply for financial help through the WA Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (WANDRRA). Visit www.fesa.wa.gov.au for more details.
The Department of Agriculture and Food is assessing the health of livestock with the help of animal rescue volunteers. For help with wildlife or livestock welfare call 9574 4555 and for help with pet welfare contact your local vet. If you need to move livestock call the Toodyay vet on 9574 5055.
Western Power has advised that parts of Toodyay are still without power. Power was restored to 100 customers last night, however 120 poles and 55 transformers still need to be replaced, and this may take a few days. Call Western Power on 13 13 51 for more information.
The Water Corporation has reported that residents returning to their homes should not have water supply problems. If you do have problems call 13 13 75 immediately. Some homes affected by the fire are not on the Water Corporation’s supply system but they are working closely with the recovery committee and will provide assistance where possible.
Telstra has announced a Disaster Assistance Package for its customers including call diversion to mobile phones and free landline service reconnection. Affected customers should call the faults line on 13 22 03 and advise staff if your home was damaged. If you are not a Telstra customer contact your service provider for help.
A number of appeal funds have been set up to help families who have been affected by the fire. Money instead of goods is what is most needed.
You can donate to the Toodyay Bushfire Appeal through:
· The Lord Mayor’s Distress Relief Fund.
o In person at any Bankwest Branch or at the City of Perth, Council House in Perth.
o By mail to the Toodyay Bushfire Appeal, c/o City of Perth, GPO Box C120, Perth WA 6839
· The Salvation Army – visit www.salvationarmy.com.au/donations or call 13 72 58
· The West Australian-7News Bushfire Appeal – visit www.thewest.com.au
· Bendigo Bank Bushfire Appeal – visit www.bendigobank.com.au
The Shire of Toodyay is managing the fire and recovery efforts.
· To report a fire call 000.
· Toodyay Regional Operations Centre 9574 4555
· For information about road conditions contact Main Roads WA on 138 138 or visit www.mainroads.wa.gov.au.
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