In conjunction with government organisations, local council and community groups, CCA identified three communities in the Bega Valley that had received only limited support since the bushfire: Wonboyn, Kiah and Towamba. In Wonboyn fencing needed replacing, replanting of native bushes and grasses, building a retaining wall and installation of irrigation pipes. In Kiah water pipes needed to be laid to provide access to river water, tree planting along the river to reduce erosion and repairs to outbuildings and fencing. Finally, in Towamba the community need a meeting space created for families in the district.
CCA provided volunteers with appropriate skillsets including builders, engineers, carpenters, painters and general volunteers to provide labour for the projects. Funding was sourced through Vinnies, CCA and many in-kind donations from the local community.
Following two site visits, CCA delivered a 14-day program which included the installation of a barbecue, seating, shelter, shade-sail for the children’s play equipment and the installation of basketball hoops in Towamba. Riverbank tree plantings, the laying of water pipes and repairs to fencing in Kiah, and in Wonboyn, fencing repairs, retaining walls and tree plantings, were all completed. Community events were held in Wonboyn and Towamba.
Follow-ups included quantitative and qualitative surveys with those impacted in Wonboyn, Towamba and Kiah. These surveys also identified the number of community members impacted, tasks completed and projects delivered.