Donations to the Hills Storm Recover Fund can be made via the Rotary District Fundraising Appeal button above. 

All funds will be distributed to help the Hills Community

The Rotary Club of Emerald and District is proud to be supporting the Help The Hills - Dandenong Ranges Task Force by assisting with administration needs.
 
Relevant information is listed below and taken from the task force website:
 
The June 2021 storms effected large parts of the Dandenong Ranges which now require a massive clean-up effort. The ‘Help the Hills’ organising team are predominantly made up of CFA volunteers. Whilst this is NOT an official CFA event, we have been on the ground during the initial response phase and understand the enormity of the task at hand. We also recognize the large amount of foliage and green waste on the ground that will create fire hazards in the future if not cleaned up before the next fire season, and we want to help.
 
Emergency crews, SES, CFA, FFM, Council, Contractors and Utility Companies have done an amazing job clearing roads, gaining access and removing dangerous trees etc, but private residents now need help on their properties, where safe to do so.
 
Multiple trees down on a property creates a huge amount of green waste and with the help of our community volunteer crews we aim to assist in a practical, hands on way to start the process of returning our hills residents to some sort of normality. For many, where to even start can be quite overwhelming and this task is just too big for many of our residents to tackle on their own, particularly the elderly or residents without the capacity to do this work.
 
Both Yarra Ranges and Cardinia Shire are planning green waste removal assistance as a result of the storms but many residents may not have the capacity or just need help to cut up tree branches and foliage and move it to a suitable part of the property with better access for later pick up or mulching trucks. We are here to help with this massive clean-up task with feet on the ground.
 
We are organising crews of community volunteers to assist residents in areas that have been deemed safe on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th June. If the demand is great enough we will also look to extend the program out over following weekends.
 
IMPORTANTLY ……. if you know of an affected resident in the Dandenong Ranges who needs help and may not have internet access please reach out to them through your networks and let them know we are here to help.

VOLUNTEER HELPERS

If you can get together with your family, a few mates or maybe form a group from your local footy club, 4WD club, work social club etc we need you to make this work and we are looking for your help.
 
The task force are looking for people who can help with chainsaws, petrol powered mulching/wood chipping machines or any equipment that would help with the clean-up. If you have any larger equipment such as bobcats, mini excavators or back hoes etc please fill out the specialist equipment form (link below) so we can keep track of specialist equipment available to us. (You will need to have your own public liability cover for larger equipment)
IMPORTANT INFO FOR HELPERS
Volunteers will be required to come to a staging area in Emerald first to register, be given a safety briefing and be tasked with your mission. The staging area location is at the Car Park on Emerald-Beaconsfield Road just by the Puffing Billy Railway Crossing (Pepis Land) and is open for registrations by 8am on Sat and Sunday mornings.
 
EQUIPMENT REGISTRATION FORM
 
 
Volunteers helping at a property on 20 June 2021 https://youtu.be/s7rHR8XziVA 
 

IF YOU NEED HELP

If you need assistance, please use the below link and complete the simple request for assistance form. A job number will be allocated and you can give a brief description of the help you require, you can also PM the page if required but please DO Not put your request or address in the public comments section on the page. We understand phone and internet coverage is still poor in some areas so feel free to register on someone’s behalf if they are requesting help.
ASSISTANCE REQUEST FORM
 
Picture - Paul Yandle (R) with coordinator volunteers at the staging site registration area.
 
Short, Sharp Clothing Appeal!!!
Do have warm clothes you can spare?
 
Many people in areas of the Dandenongs are still without power and severely feeling the cold. There has been a call out for thermals in particular (although any warm clothes would be welcome) - especially for babies, children and the elderly who are most susceptible. We asked the community to donate new or gently-used suitable items, they would be most appreciated!
 
Emerald & District Rotary did a quick collection as the need was urgent! The items were delivered to the Belgrave Hub to be distributed through DRERS (Dandenong Ranges Emergency Relief Services) who have direct access to the most affected areas.
 
Thank you so much to our wonderful community that just keep on giving and supporting each other through it all.