Wednesday, 11 February 2009

> Individuals willing to volunteer time and skills should call the Information Victoria Bushfire Volunteer Hotline on 1300 366 356 or complete the Registration Form located at:

> Donations to the Red Cross State Government Victorian Bushfire Appeal Fund can be made as follows:

- Visit

1800 811 700

- Visit any Westpac, Commonwealth, ANZ, or NAB branch

- Visit any Bunnings store

- Direct Deposit to the Victorian Bushfire Relief Fund - BSB 082-001, Account Number 860 046 797

> Donations can also be made to the Myer Bushfire Appeal by visiting any Victorian Myer Store. All proceeds will be donated to the Salvation Army.

> To donate blood call the Red Cross on 131 495

> Donations of clothes, blankets or furniture should be delivered to your nearest Salvation Army Depot

> The Victorian Government Bushfire Information Line: 1800 240 667

> DHS has set up a number to take offers from those that have housing as well as providing housing for those that need it. The number is 1800 006 468

> To offer horse agistment please contact the Triple R Equine Welfare Crisis Network.

> For offers of accommodation for small animals please contact Animal Aid Ph. 03 9739 0300

> To help with wildlife rescue please contact Wildlife Rescuers.


People receiving DVA payments and concerned about those payments should call the Department to discuss their circumstances. Callers in metro areas can ring 133 254 and regional callers can ring 1800 555 254, for the price of a local call.

Veterans who have their property insured with Defence Service Homes Insurance and whose property has been affected by the bushfires are encouraged to contact their local customer service officer on 1300 552 662 to discuss the assistance available under their policy.

Victorian Veterans’ Affairs Network offices are located in Bairnsdale, Morwell, Bendigo, Wodonga and Frankston. Veterans can call 1300 55 19 18 to reach their local office. They may be able to provide more local specific information to assist veterans in need.

The VVCS - Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service can be contacted 24 hours a day, seven days a week on 1800 011 046.