NSW schoolgirl makes bushfire care packs
When an 11-year-old New South Wales schoolgirl contacted RFS Commission Shane Fitzsimmons she had just one question – how can she help with the bushfire crisis. In a touching post to Twitter, Mr Fitzsimmons revealed Tamsyn Grillett, from Broken Hill in the state's far west, has taken time out of her school holidays to make care packs for those impacted by the deadly blazes.Pictures: Australia's bushfire emergency"So far she's made 32 toiletry packs and sent them to me. (They) arrived today and they'll go to those in need," he tweeted.
Bushfires in Australia impact extensive areas, cause property damage, and have accounted for the deaths of 800 people in Australia since 1851.
Sydney council cancels Australia Day fireworks 'out of respect' to bushfire victims and their families. Blacktown Council in Sydney's west cancelled 'Out of respect to those who lost lives and property, and with the ever-present danger from fires in our own area, the council has decided to put this year's
The Berejiklian government is being urged to quickly overhaul a little-known law that could prohibit people from using caravans as emergency accommodation, as it grapples to find temporary shelter for homeless bushfire victims.
Volunteer organisation Find A Bed, which was set up in response to the devastating fires that swept through the NSW South Coast on New Year's Eve, encountered the issue after it began receiving offers of donated caravans from people all over Australia.
The organisation's co-founder Erin Riley, a PhD communications student at the University of Technology, Sydney, said locals in the Batemans Bay area, where hundreds of homes were razed, were wary about falling fowl on the legal restrictions around caravan use.
Premier Andrews announces Vic govt contribution and establishment of state Bushfire Appeal fund
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has announced the establishment of a Bushfire Appeal fund to help affected communities in the state. On Sunday, Mr Andrews said cash donations were the best way to help fire affected Victorians and asked contributors to not give further food and clothes towards the bushfire cause in the state.Mr Andrews said the Victorian government would also contribute $2 million dollars to the Bushfire Appeal fund. "This is a really important way in which people can give and be confident that a hundred per cent of that money will get where it's supposed to get," he said.
This state is made even more unstable by local laws that criminalize sleeping or camping in public places. While obtaining a driver's license or state -issued ID is free in most states , that doesn't mean it's easy for a homeless person to jump through the administrative hoops to make it happen.
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"Some people already own caravans or have access to caravans and just want to live on their land or nearby. In other cases, we have been offered donor caravans which people want to provide but can't as long as the regulations are the way they are," Ms Riley said.
Thestates that people can only use caravans, campervans and tents without prior council approval for a maximum of two days at a time. In total, they cannot occupy them for more than 60 days over a 12-month period.
The same regulation allows homeowners to have only one caravan or campervan on their land without prior council approval, "so long as it is used for habitation only by the owner or by members of the owner’s household and is maintained in a safe and healthy condition".
The bushfire crisis 'has damaged what average Aussies think about Scott Morrison'
Adoni Media Managing Director Leisa Goddard says Prime Minister Scott Morrison's handling of the bushfire crisis has certainly been "damaging" for his public perception.The Financial Review is reporting state governments are "withholding support" for Mr Morrison's proposed royal commission into the devastating bushfire gripping the nation this season.
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A spokeswoman for Planning Minister Rob Stokes said work was "under way" to change the time limits on how long temporary accommodation can be used.
"We are committed to removing any obstacle or red tape that would get in the way of helping bushfire-affected communities to recover," the spokeswoman said.
Ms Riley said the response to their campaign, which publishes call-outs for help on social media, had been "unbelievable", with offers of assistance from across the country and overseas.
"Over 8500 people have registered with us saying they are happy to host people who have been affected by the fires," she said.
"We've had offers from as far away as Paris, Denver and Lebanon for holiday accommodation for a bit of respite once the worst is over. We even had a plumber from Iran contact us to say he wants to come here to offer his services for free to help people rebuild."
This week the volunteer group helped deliver a caravan to Aboriginal Elder Aunty Gloria, whose home in Mogo was destroyed. The caravan, which Aunty Gloria has parked on the local oval, had been donated by a family on Queensland's Sunshine Coast.
Bushfire charity tin stolen in Melbourne
A pair of thieves have snatched a charity tin full of funds for victims of the recent bushfires from a fast food restaurant in Melbourne.A charity tin raising funds for bushfire victims has been stolen from a Melbourne fast food restaurant.
The State of Homelessness in America charts progress in ending homelessness in the United States . Calculating homelessness rates is another way to locate challenges. It involves comparing the size of the homeless population to the size of the general population in a given area.
Homelessness is clearly a major (and growing) problem in and around the city of Los Angeles. Other cities are taking an alternative approach focusing on helping homeless get off the streets, and many cities, like Los Angeles, are doing a mix of helping and penalizing.
Greens MLC David Shoebridge, who wrote to the government raising the issue around caravan restrictions on Tuesday, said the regulations should be amended to allow mobile homes to be used for at least three months by those left homeless due to a natural disaster.
“We want to be encouraging people to share their homes and offer shelter and the law should not be an obstacle to this," he said.
It comes as the Berejiklian government on Tuesday urged owners of holiday homes to make their properties available to bushfire victims by listing them for rent.
Transport Minister Andrew Constance, who has stepped back from his cabinet duties to help his Bega electorate recover from the bushfires, said hundreds of South Coast locals had been displaced by the fires.
"We've got people living in caravan parks, hotel rooms, with neighbours, with friends, in sheds. We've got to get people placed and one solution to that is freeing up many coast homes that exist," Mr Constance said.
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Scott Morrison to take proposal for bushfire royal commission to Cabinet .
Prime Minister Scott Morrison says he will take a proposal to Cabinet to establish a royal commission into the bushfire disaster. Prime Minister Scott Morrison says he will take a proposal to Cabinet to establish a royal commissi More than 20 people have died and more than 2,000 homes have been destroyed by fires across much of the country.Mr Morrison says there will also need to be discussion as to greater flexibility for the Federal Government to step in and assist states during times of disaster, such as through calling out the defence force.