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The Beaconsfield Club: Holm Park Reserve
100 Beaconsfield-Emerald Rd
Beaconsfield, VIC 3807

Come and meet Simon Righton, BlazeAid-Bunyip Leader and learn about what BlazeAid does.

I have lived in Bunyip for about 35 years. During the March 2019 Bunyip fires, we watched anxiously from our front veranda as the fire situation
developed. A town meeting with Blazeaid so I decided to go down to listen and get involved. The main reason being that although the fires
were across the highway, l looked at those affected as my neighbours. I have spent a lot of time riding my pushbike around the Tonimbuk,
Garfield North and Tynong areas and it was good to meet the property owners up in the Bunyip hills.
I’d had no previous involvement with Blazeaid but had heard about what they did through ABC radio.
As I have been retired for a few years, my initial thought was that I would go out two days a week on fencing teams.
After four weeks, I was asked to take on assistant co-ordinator role, probably due to my previous work experience with almost forty years in the
Commonwealth public service, mainly in managing and supervising tasks.
So two days a week became six days. Meeting farmers and volunteers, organising daily work teams and where possible going out on fencing
teams to help get the work done. After a couple of weeks, my wife Cathrine also got involved, mostly in an administrative role.
We found ourselves committed to BlazeAid 9 or 10 days a week between us.

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