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Mogo is a small village 4 hours south of Sydney on the New South Wales South Coast. It was significantly damaged by the Black Summer bushfires in 2019. Many homes were lost along with other buildings including the Mogo Local Aboriginal Land Council, Mogo Pottery, Little Tea Shop, Mogo Mutts, ABC Property Sales and Merchant of Mogo.  

In October 2023, CCA worked with volunteers from Munich Re (international insurance provider) to do a backyard blitz style makeover of one of the senior members of the Aboriginal community’s houses, and build a new storage shed for the Aboriginal Land Council to store their equipment after the original shed was destroyed by fire. 

“Mogo was heavily impacted by the Black Summer fires and three years later the Aboriginal community is still struggling to recover. We are hoping that this project will be the first of a number of projects where CCA reaches out to work with the Community.”

Glenn PriceCCA

IDENTIFY

Mogo local, Margaret’s home was damaged by fire in 2019. Margaret lives at the home with her daughter and 9-year-old grandson. Margaret and her husband loved gardening and since the passing of her husband 4 years ago, the garden had become overgrown, and the fence was destroyed in the bushfires. The two homes adjoining Margaret’s were completely destroyed in the fire, so the family had had a lucky escape. Connecting Communities Australia was keen to help Margaret and the local Aboriginal Rangers who had lost their storage shed to fire.

SOURCE

Connecting Communities Australia approached Munich Re (International Insurance provider) to be involved as they knew community projects that focussed on the impact of climate change were an area of interest to them. Munich Re supported the project financially and in kind, through volunteers. The funding covered the costs of the shed build, catering, materials, tools and the hiring of a licenced builder to supervise the project.

DELIVER

Over a couple of days, the volunteers put in new fences, lattice work around the porch and a new roof over the porch. New trees and shrubs were planted, the pond cleaned out and replenished and the lawns and edges done. Whilst there the group of volunteers were also involved in two community events bringing the groups together.

The new shed was built to store tools for the Aboriginal Rangers who manage the Aboriginal land bordering onto Mogo. The Mogo Aboriginal Lands Council also store artifacts and equipment in the shed.

MEASURE

Margaret and her family were immensely grateful for the assistance of CCA and the Munich Re volunteer team. The house and backyard were repaired and she and her family can now use her garden again. The Aboriginal Rangers make use of the new Shed every day. It has made a significant difference to them having somewhere safe and dry to store their tools.

“To be able to help someone in need and give back to a community that was impacted by the bush fires was rewarding in itself, but further to be able to meet and interact with the indigenous community was such a wonderful opportunity."”

Corinne MumtahanMunich Re Volunteer

“On behalf of the Mogo LALC, I would like to thank you so much for your support on a personal level and your organisation for assisting the Mogo Community with a shed that will enable us to store our equipment that we sadly lost during the black summer fires in 2020, I would also like to thank the dedicated team of volunteers who worked tirelessly to help our elder and family with much needed repairs and maintenance to her yard and awning and fence and clothes line and play area. The Elder and her family were totally elated from the works undertaken by Connecting Communities Australia and the volunteers left the family overwhelmed and smiling with gratitude.”

Linda CarlsonCEO, Mogo Aboriginal Lands Council