Heartland Helpers

Published on 30 January 2020

Bushfire and Drought Relief 2020

Australians are battling through the harshest bushfire and drought conditions our country has ever seen with hundreds of properties and towns already destroyed and facilities needing to be rebuilt and restored.

And it is not over yet.

Many of our staff and customers have experienced firsthand the impact of this bushfire and drought crisis and were also involved directly in the firefighting effort.

Finding the right way to support communities is often hard, so here at Davey Water Products we have decided to support these communities and businesses with our specialised water products. Helping to provide clean water solutions and pumping options is where we can truly make a difference by pledging up to $125,000 RRP of Davey product.

These products will be distributed to nominated properties and local communities in bushfire and drought affected areas that have been severely impacted by both these natural disasters, and are in serious need of water pumping/transfer equipment.

Every little bit helps during this tough time, and we hope these essential, but sometimes overlooked products will go a long way in rebuilding and restoring impacted communities and businesses.

Spirit of the Rainforest Nursery

November 8th, 2019 is a date that Julie Hockey and her family will never forget. The Kian Road Fire, which burned west of Macksville in northern NSW, destroyed their 100-acre farm and wholesale plant nursery.

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Andrew Goodfellow knows from hard experience that when it’s time to go, it’s really time to go. He and his dog were lucky to escape a sudden fireball that was coming towards Andrew’s property as the Kian Road fire approached.

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Makes you proud to be an Aussie

Community and neighbourhood spirit is alive and well among many families affected by bushfire, including the three neighbouring Mraz and McCole families who between them lost two homes and countless other buildings and possessions in the Buchan fires on 30 December 2019.

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Thank you always seems so little

Kangaroo Island suffered some of the worst damage in the 2019 bushfires. The fires on the island impacted residents, tourists and small business, including Western KI Caravan Park, a mainstay for visitors to the island, thanks to its close proximity to the Flinders Chase National Park.

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When Australian native plants are life

Barry Hicks, Tyringham RFS volunteer and Australian native plant aficionado, lost all of his water transfer equipment and many of the precious trees he had be working so tirelessly on replanting to the bushfires that came through September 2019.

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Zookeeper protects animals in his own home

Fighting fires wasn’t part of the staff’s job description at Mogo Zoo on the south coast of NSW, but together they managed to save the lives of all their animals, big and small during the fire storm that raged through their 81-hectare property in January this year.

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Fire, family, friends and honey

On the morning of December 20, they believed the Cudlee Creek fire threat had passed them untouched, but a sudden wind shift in the late afternoon changed everything.

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Now to rebuild after losing everything

Neville and Jennifer Carter’s property was destroyed in the Liberation Trail fire at Nana Glen, north west of Coffs Harbour in November 2019. The fire front swept through their property at incredible speed. They didn’t have time to collect any of their belongings, so they lost everything in the blaze – including their water tanks and pumping equipment.

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Looking after their community into the future

During the fires that ripped through the Mid North Coast region of NSW late last year, many village fire stations could have done with an extra hand, or pump.

The local town of Bobin was just one of the communities in the area hardest hit, with many locals losing homes, properties and important infrastructure including pumping equipment in the inferno.

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When fire prevention is key

On Monday 30th December 2019 the Thowgla Valley in Victoria was hit by the devastating Upper Murray bushfires. Overnight fires raced over the hills from Corryong and into the valley, burning everything in their path. 

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Pumping water up the hill

Grandparents Gwenda and Keith Duncan of Rainbow Flat in New South Wales definitely felt the effects of the bushfires that struck their property in November of 2019.

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