Out of the ashes of Black Saturday 2009 came an urgent need for fences to be rebuilt and communities restored.
Kilmore East farmers, Kevin and Rhonda Butler, were among those whose fences were burnt. Needing to quickly secure their 1,500 sheep, they sought assistance from family, friends and local volunteers to help rebuild their fences. Within a week, the fences were completed – a task that would have taken them months to do on their own. Grateful for the assistance they received, Rhonda and Kevin decided to try to help a few others with their fencing. Thus, BlazeAid was born.
The Jirrahlinga Koala & Wildlife Sanctuary is situated on 5 acres of land on the Northern edge of Barwon Heads.
Jirrahlinga in Aboriginal means, “Seek a home for a Kangaroo”. This Wildlife Sanctuary was established more than 30 years ago by Tehree Gordon OAM, whose ideals was to have a haven for injured wildlife.
Following the Ash Wednesday Bush Fires in 1983, Jirrahlinga received national and international media coverage acclaiming the rescue mission launched to seek out and treat shocked and burnt animals.