A message from BCT's CEO about the bushfire crisis
We would like to express our heartfelt condolences to the people and communities impacted by the current bushfire emergency.
The BCT is dedicated to working with landholders to conserve our precious and unique biodiversity in NSW.
We now know that more than 50,000 hectares across 250 landholders who have private land conservation agreements with the BCT have been directly impacted by the fires across NSW, not to mention the broader impacts on people, homes, national parks, businesses and communities. We have been shocked and saddened by the extent and severity of the fires and their impact on our landholders and the environment so far.
We are keen to support impacted landholders with technical advice or financial assistance. We are reviewing our grant guidelines to ensure we can assist landholders who may need financial assistance to restore the conservation values of their properties.
We encourage impacted landholders to get in touch if you think we may be able to help, if and when you are ready to do so via firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 1300 992 688. We may be able to assist with technical advice on the best way to restore your conservation area. We may also be able to assist with our Conservation Partners Grants with activities such as weed control, fencing or assisted revegetation.
We would also like to recognise the courageous and tireless efforts of firefighters and volunteers who have risked their lives to keep our communities and wildlife safe. The fires are still burning and we have some tough days ahead. Please stay safe and up to date with news from the Rural Fire Service’s Fires Near Me.
If you are experiencing an overwhelming sense of grief, fear or anxiety, the following support services are just a phone call away:
- Disaster Welfare Assistance Line 1800 018 444
- Rural Fire Service Bush Fire Info Line 1800 679 737
- Mental Health Line 1800 011 511
- Lifeline 13 11 14
- Mensline 1300 789 978
- Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800
- Beyondblue 1300 22 463
Paul Elton CEO