BlazeAid fire fencing day in Hamley Bridge - 29 March 2016

Fencing training for farmers and volunteers has rolled out in the wake of the deadly Pinery bushfires in South Australia last November.  

A Fire Fencing Day held recently at the Hamley Bridge Golf Club by Waratah and BlazeAid follows the loss of hundreds of kilometres of fencing. 

Established in 2009 after the Black Saturday fires in Victoria, BlazeAid is a volunteer-based organisation that works with families and individuals in rural Australia after a variety of natural disasters.

The Hamley Bridge fencing day attracted almost 50 people including volunteers, local farmers and fencing contractors, and is just one of the community initiatives BlazeAid has introduced to support bushfire affected communities.

John Lillico leads the Hamley Bridge Camp, 30 kilometres east of Pinery, which started operating on 7 December 2015. 

“To date a total of 196 volunteers have cleared more than
250 kilometres of fencing across 85 properties, and have so far re-installed over 90kms," Mr Lillico said. 

“On top of fencing, our volunteers work in a disaster-affected area for many months, not only helping to lift the spirit of individuals and families, but also helping rebuild the local communities. 

“I’m extremely proud to be part of this fantastic organisation. I get a great thrill out of all the work we do, which includes giving back to Australian farmers by helping them repair their damaged fences.”
 
Waratah sales managers Hayden Maher and Sam Simmons provided advice and assistance to participants during the fencing day in Hamley Bridge, north of Adelaide.  

“South Australia has traditionally seen a heavy use of pine fencing, but since the bushfires there’s a lot of interest in fencing with steel instead, especially as there were a number of all-steel fences which survived the fires,” Mr Maher said.

“We replaced a 250 metre section of the golf club’s fence, which was lost in the fire, to demonstrate the latest tools and products, as well as basic techniques for people who need them.

“These included knot tying techniques, and the use of post clips, wire strainers and strainer assemblies.

“We also donated additional Waratah products to the Hamley Bridge Golf Club to help replace the one kilometre of fencing that they lost in the November fire.” 

The demonstration fence was built with Waratah’s all Australian-made Jio® Star® posts and Jio Maxy® posts; Adjusta-Stay®, Ezypipe® & Ezyslot® strainer assemblies; and 7/90/30 Stocklock® and Flexabel® Longlife® wire.