ABOVE: BlazeAid camp coordinator Spud Murphy (centre) with the volunteers. Photo: Susanna Freymark
For 2789 days, BlazeAid volunteers have been helping fix fences on rural properties destroyed in the bushfires.
BlazeAid camp coordinator Ron “Spud” Murphy said most of the volunteers are ‘grey nomads’.
There are 17 volunteers camped at the Casino Showground.
“We drop as low as five volunteers and get up to 30,” Spud said.
“We’re hoping to get a couple more volunteers come in next week because we still have a couple of big jobs to finish.”
The work the vollies do isn’t easy.
“I need experienced fencers,” Spud said. “It’s not something you can just jump in and do.”
BlazeAid came to Richmond Valley in November 2019 after the bushfires.
They have erected 99km of fencing and once they finish a few final jobs, they’ll be heading to Tenterfield.
Spud is ex-army and lives at Roxborough in Queensland when he isn’t coordinating BlazeAid.
The biggest issue has been covid lockdowns.