The bushfire crisis

06/01/2020

A message from President Tim Game SC

In recent weeks we have witnessed, and continue to witness, the devastation wrought by bushfires and the resulting terrible loss of life, homes and property. Our thoughts are with all affected by the bushfires. Our sincere thanks go out to volunteers of the Rural Fire Service, emergency services personnel, ADF personnel and reservists and countless others who continue to work tirelessly to support communities during this difficult time.

BarCare is available for any members affected by the fires and offers a confidential counselling service. BarCare’s Director Jenny Houen can be contacted on 0427 317 958.

The Barristers’ Benevolent Fund is also available for any members who have suffered loss and need financial support. Applications to the fund can be made through the Director of BarCare or by emailing me at president@nswbar.asn.au

No doubt many of you have already donated to relief funds, however if you would like to make a donation to support those affected by the bushfires or RFS volunteers, details of organisations providing relief are available here.

The fires are also having a devastating effect on wildlife. WIRES have set up an emergency fund, with information available here.

We are liaising with various bodies to offer the Association’s support, where possible, to assist those affected by the bushfires to access legal services. We will keep you informed of those discussions.


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