Grants for fire-affected farmers
The 2019–2020 bushfires had a significant impact on agriculture and farmers in NSW, affecting 15,994 primary producers. The fires destroyed around 60,000 hectares of prime farmland, more than 13,000 cattle and sheep perished, orchards and beehives burnt and incomes evaporated.
To directly help farmers to recover, NSW Farmers Association set up a natural disaster relief fund. The Goodman Foundation’s $750,000 donation boosted the fund to more than $1 million, which was distributed as grants to 357 primary producers. The payments were put to practical use in replacing stock, fencing, hay reserves, rainwater tanks, cattle water troughs and beekeeping equipment.
“We lost our home along with all our honey production sheds, machinery and equipment,” said Peter McGann of Mogo Village Honey. “We used the grant to buy a couple of shipping containers and converted them into packing and extracting sheds. We’re also buying new equipment to resume our beekeeping and honey production.”
“It’s fantastic to have the support of the Goodman Foundation through this first of its kind partnership approach. The new helicopter will be a valuable additional resource for us to protect people in the communities we serve.”
NSW RFS Commissioner
Help is on its way
During the Australian bushfires of 2019–2020, it became clear the Foundation wanted to make a tangible, long-term contribution to support communities impacted by the bushfires.
With that in mind, Goodman contributed the largest corporate donation ever to the NSW RFS with the purchase of a state-of-the-art firefighting helicopter.
The multi-purpose helicopter is known as the go-to aircraft – a workhorse of the industry – with a reputation for performing reliably in the most extreme environments. It is designed to get firefighters into hard-to-reach places, and get people out of harm’s way. The chopper will be equipped with a full range of features such as winch, belly tank for water bombing, surveillance camera for use in firefighting operations, search and rescue, and down the wire insertions and extractions. Its extensive functionality means it can be deployed all year round in tactical and response operations.
Goodman was committed to doing something substantial to help. “During the devastating and unprecedented bushfires earlier in the year, we felt strongly about supporting the NSW RFS with something that will have a sustainable impact on its work and the communities it serves,” said Greg Goodman.
NSW RFS Commissioner Rob Rogers welcomed the addition to the fleet. “It’s fantastic to have the support of the Goodman Foundation through this first of its kind partnership approach. The new helicopter will be a valuable additional resource for us to protect people in the communities we serve. We know helicopters can play a key role in delivering early, impactful action on a developing fire,” said Rob. Also adding, “51 people were rescued by helicopters last fire season. While the current chopper can take up to four crew, the new model can carry as many as seven – meaning more room to rescue large groups of people. The helicopter will also be used out of fire season to support emergency services in other rescue operations such as floods.”
“Disasters are a marathon not a sprint and it’s really important to stage giving over the long-term recovery process.”
Founder and Managing Director
The right solution
- After a disaster, 70% of donations stop after the first two months
- Poor co-ordination and uninformed giving can create chaos and inefficiency
- Up to 60% of goods donated during disasters end up in landfill and are otherwise wasted.
- Good360 Australia matches brand new goods to the right people at the right time, to prevent waste and provide hope and dignity
- Good360 Australia works with a vetted network of more than 2,000 not-for-profits and disadvantaged schools that know exactly what their communities need
- Good360 Australia matches goods throughout the entire disaster relief lifecycle – prepare, respond, recover, rebuild, refurnish and relive.