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Warrumbungle Shire Mayors Bushfire Appeal Now Tax Deductible

In response to the overwhelming generosity to support residents who have been impacted by the Sir Ivan Fire in the south-east of the Shire, the Warrumbungle Shire Mayors Bushfire Appeal was established, with all donations tax deductible.  

The Appeal aims to provide a facility where members of the public can donate money to assist residents impacted by the Sir Ivan Fire that ravished over 55,000 hectares of largely farm land in the Dunedoo, Leadville, Coolah and Cassilis communities over three days in mid February.  

The Australian Tax Office has also declared that all donations to the Appeal now have Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status, following the federal government announcement of a Category C Natural Disaster.  

Following on the success of the Mayors Appeal established in January 2013 to support residents impacted by the Wambelong fire near Coonabarabran, which raised close to $1 million, the Warrumbungle Shire moved quickly to establish the Mayors Bushfire Appeal on February 14 for the Sir Ivan Fire. All funds donated to the Appeal are distributed to Sir Ivan Fire affected residents, as nominated by an Advisory Committee comprising of Mayor Peter Shinton and community representatives.  To date $143,478.00 has been allocated to support BlazeAid volunteers, with further funds to be allocated as they become available to other areas of need such as potable water, fencing materials or home relocations.  

Warrumbungle Shire Council administers the Appeal at no charge.  

A total of 35 homes are confirmed destroyed, with 11 other homes damaged in the Sir Ivan Fire. Over 170 outbuildings, the St John Anglican Church at Uarbry and the Uarbry Community Hall have also been destroyed or damaged.  

The fast moving and severe fire conditions also lead to significant loss of livestock and companion animals.  As at 7 March, Local Land Services had buried over 2,600 sheep, 297 cattle, 255 goats and 25 dogs and cats, with ongoing animal health issues continuing to lead to livestock mortality or ill-health.  It is expected that these numbers under estimate the livestock losses as many landholders are continuing to assess the impact of the Sir Ivan Fire on their livestock businesses, and other stock losses are yet to be reported by landholders to Local Land Services.  

There is an estimated 5,700km of fencing damaged or destroyed, with BlazeAid establishing volunteer camps at Dunedoo and Cassilis, and a third camp at Coolah planned for late March. BlazeAid volunteers provide free labour to Sir Ivan Fire affected residents to remove burnt fence lines, sheds and other debris, and in constructing new fence lines.  Funding to support the BlazeAid volunteers to provide catering and accommodation is provided through financial donations, primarily via the Warrumbungle Shire Mayors Bushfire Appeal.  

Funding for fencing material and donated fencing items have come from a variety of sources and fundraising appeals. Members of the public are asked to check the guidelines and authenticity of bushfire funding appeals, and how funds are distributed, before donating to ensure all funds are directed to Sir Ivan Fire affected residents.  All funds donated to the Warrumbungle Shire Mayors Bushfire Appeal (Sir Ivan Fire) will be directed to bushfire affected residents.  

Visit warrumbungle.nsw.gov.au for further detail on the Warrumbungle Shire Mayors Bushfire Appeal.

Last Updated: 29 Mar 2017