The Victorian Bushfire Disaster - what you can do

Monday 6 January 2020


To ensure food, water, clothes and manpower aren’t wasted in the coordinated recovery effort the State Government has asked people to donate money, rather than resources, to the Victorian Bushfire Appeal.

You can donate online: or in person at Bendigo Bank branches including:

  • 3-5 Thompson St, Frankston
  • 3/100 Hall Road, Carrum Downs

Helping Animals

Supporting pets

  • To make fodder donations for livestock contact the Victorian Farmers Federation 1300 882 833 or
  • To make pet food donations contact your local RSPCA


  • RSPCA temporary emergency accommodation for animals 03 9224 2222 or RSPCA is also providing wildlife assistance.
  • Wildlife Victoria 24 hour contact for injured animals 13 000 94535 or
  • Wildlife Victoria information on how to help wildlife in the bushfires can be found on the Wildlife Victoria website.

Temporary accommodation

Open Homes Disaster Relief Program, facilitated by Airbnb, offers a range of free temporary housing options for people and pets who are displaced as a result of the Australian bushfires. To view available accommodation, or to register your property visit:    

Dealing with smoke haze

  • Take care on the road
  • Check in on people with heart or lung conditions (including asthma), children, pregnant women and older people and call 000 to report difficulty breathing, wheezing or chest tightness.
  • Contact Nurse On Call on 1300 60 60 24 if you have any other smoke-related health concerns.
  • Don’t waste valuable emergency services resources by calling 000 to report smoke haze.

Taking care of yourself and your community

If you or your loved ones need helped coping with the emotional toll of this disaster call:  

  • Lifeline - 13 11 14
  • Australian Psychological Society Referral Service - 1800 333 497
  • 000 in an emergency

Keeping updated

  • Keep up to date with the latest bushfire developments and air quality reports by visiting
  • Download the VicEmergency app to receive direct notifications of emergencies in the areas you live and work.

Staying prepared for emergencies

While the hot months can be lots of fun, summer can also bring with it heatwaves, bushfires, power outages or storms. A great way to assist the emergency services is by getting prepared for emergencies that could affect you and your loved ones.

Emergencies could disrupt your life in ways you don’t expect. Being prepared helps you and your family to recover afterwards.
To learn more about how to get prepared visit

Seeking to undertake fundraising to support bushfire relief? 

Council is making a number of local venues (indoors and parkland) available for use free-of-charge to individuals and community groups hosting a fundraising event to support the current Australian bushfires. 

Additionally we are reducing the impact of red tape by fast-tracking any approvals for fundraising activities. 

To discuss your fundraising idea, find out what others are doing or to enquire about venues and availability email: and a member of our Team will be in contact with you as soon as possible. 

Please include: 

  • Contact name and phone number
  • A brief description of the event or activity you would like to host
  • Approximate number of attendees
  • Preferred suburb in which you would like to host your event or activity
  • Details of the cause your event or activity is seeking to support 

Please note: It is important that Council honours current bookings, keeps those participating in fundraisers safe and has enough time to properly plan for events. Officers will consider these factors when deciding whether a fundraising event is suitable for a particular venue.

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