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National bushfire response
If we have not been directly affected by one of the many bushfires ravaging our country, we are sure to have a connection to people who have been. We thank those dedicated volunteers and emergency services who have been working tirelessly over the past weeks and continue to battle these fires daily and give support to those in need.
Right around Australia, communities are mobilising, providing assistance in every possible way to family, to friends and to complete strangers. The stories of kindness, compassion and generosity we’ve witnessed or seen in the media show the Australian spirit is strong, providing a source of hope for many facing the darkest and most difficult of times in recent memory.
At times like these, we all want to know what we can do to be useful. We know that many members are already helping where they can in many different ways, and we too will do our part. We’re doing that in a number of ways.
Firstly, in recognition of the scale and severity of these unprecedented events, we’ve created this page, focusing on our ongoing response to the bushfire crisis. This features the immediate support we’re providing, together with subsequent relief projects and volunteering initiatives we’ll be developing in 2020 as we work to support the rebuilding of communities.
We also encourage you to visit our new Architects Assist site where members can register their interest in supporting the overall bushfires response effort. You will also be noted on our members map as we plan for the eventual deployment of architectural, design and building resources in collaboration with other professional and regulatory bodies.
This is not a short-term crisis, and we need the support of the architectural profession to support us as we face this crisis together. When the fires clear, we will need to not only replace what has been lost, but build back better.
Free Acumen Notes and Resources
Acumen Practice Notes and resources
We’re providing all architects, regardless of membership, full unrestricted access to the following practice notes from our Acumen platform, and other resources which may be of assistance at this time.
There a number of national and state charities who are currently seeking donations to raise funds to support the victims of the bushfire crisis.
We are calling on our staff around the country to donate a day’s salary to charities including our own Foundation, which will be used to support various post-fire design and rebuild programs across many affected areas.
We’ll be reaching out to you soon to encourage you to join this initiative, with 100% of funds raised to be used in post-fire design and related support efforts throughout the coming months.
- Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund
- St Vincent de Paul Bushfire Appeal
- Salvation Army Bushfire Appeal
- Kangaroo Island Recovery Fund
- SA Emergency Relief Fund
- South Australian CFS
- NSW Rural Fire Service
- Victoria’s Country Fire Authority
- Victorian Bushfire Appeal
- World Wildlife Fund Bushfire Appeal
- Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund.
Support to government
Support to government
We’ll also reach out to relevant local, state and federal government agencies to work through how and where we can best support those affected. We will keep you updated as these discussions progress. We encourage you to keep up to date on our dedicated website page which we will continue to update once further initiatives are developed.
This is a very distressing time for many in our community. For those experiencing the devastation first hand, for those responding to it, and for those witnessing the heartbreak and damage to the country and the people close to them. It is a time to band together, to support each other and to take extra care of each other’s welfare.
Thank you to all members who are already helping at this time, and thank you to our first responders and our firefighters for their heroic efforts.
Should you require additional support, contact your local Chapter and we can put you in touch with our dedicated confidential Assistance Portal, who can provide counselling and support to those who may be struggling throughout this ongoing crisis.
We will continue to keep you updated and encourage you to seek assistance from colleagues and your local Chapter.
An architect and Country Fire Authority volunteer who worked in both of these roles during and after the Black Saturday fires in 2009, Kim Irons