2019 Bushfires Appeals

We have all seen the disastrous fires that have erupted, taking lives as well as destroying hundreds of homes and properties across Australia.

Rotary is once again taking the lead and looking to provide support for families in need. To this end several Rotary Districts and Clubs have established projects which are ready and able to accept donations from you.

The projects are:

South Australia Bushfire Relief (RABS)67-2019-20
Macleay Valley Bushfire Relief Fund (RACG)47-2019-20
Taree & Mid Coast NSW Bushfire Relief Appeal (RACG)41-2019-20
Combined Rotary Clubs of the Sapphire Coast Bushfire Relief and Recovery (RABS)75-2019-20
District 9570 Bushfire Relief Project (RABS)106-2019-20
District 9790 Bushfire Recovery (RABS)109-2019-20
District 9800 Bushfire Relief Fund (RABS)111-2019-20
District 9820 East Gippsland Bushfire Relief Fund (RABS)112-2019-20
Rotary Brisbane Inner West caravans for bushfire victims (RABS)5-2020-21
Upgrade Emergency Evacuation Centre Facilities – Bega Valley Shire (RABS)20-2020-21
Rehabilitation of bushfire affected families in NSW (RABS)30-2020-21
WA Bushfire Rotary Relief Project (RABS)70-2020-21

RAWCS Current Drought Projects

As we move on from the devastating drought conditions of the past few years, happily many regions in Australia are now experiencing a return to good seasons. Rotary recognizes that for many families, impacted by the extreme conditions of 2017-2019, financial recovery will take many years and that not all regions are entirely free of drought.

The Federal Government also understands this and as a result have partnered with RAWCS to implement the Drought Community Outreach Program (DCOP) to raise awareness of the many forms of drought relief and recovery support offered by both Government and non-Government agencies and to provide direct financial assistance in the form of $500 vouchers to eligible drought affected families.

Under the agreement, signed in June 2020, the Government has entrusted RAWCS with $7.5 million to assist with delivery of community outreach events in drought affected areas across the nation. RAWCS is collaborating with the National Recovery and Resilience Agency (NRRA) and engaging local Rotary Clubs to assist and support the events and to encourage attendance. Despite considerable disruption to the program caused by ongoing Covid restrictions, 51 community outreach events in six States were supported by Rotary in 2020-2021 and the program is continuing in 2021-22.

RAWCS has also reached drought affected families in areas where no outreach events have been held by mailing vouchers to eligible families identified through the networks of Rotary, NRRA Recovery Support Officers and the Rural Financial Counselling Service.  This aspect of the DCOP will be accelerated in 2021-22 in conjunction with Rotary District Drought Committees. The DCOP is also designed to stimulate the local economies of the selected towns through encouraging voucher recipients to spend locally and through Rotary and the other participating agency’s event operating costs.

RAWCS continues to facilitate and support Drought projects by individual Rotary Clubs and Districts in addition to the National program.


Rotary Drought Relief Distribution Projects:

District 9560Northern Queensland46-2013-14
District 9620Southern Queensland59-2013-14
District 9650Northern NSW2-2018-19
District 9650Western NSW18-2018-19
District 9670Central NSW33-2018-19
District 9705Southern NSW38-2018-19


NationalBelinda GriffenGeneral Inquiries02 8833 8317
NationalDavid PearsonGeneral Inquiries0428 792 613
District 9560Lee CoxFar North Queensland0405 172 028
District 9560Ron PoulsenNorthern Queensland0427 157 499
District 9560Dave PerkinsNorthern Queensland0418 776 799
District 9560Damien ArthurWestern Queensland0448 180 362
District 9560Grant GoulivitchCentral Queensland0419 787 326
District 9620Philip CharlesSouthern Queensland0413 026 994
District 9620Bryan PayneSouthern Queensland0427 379 909
District 9650Reg PierceNorthern & Western NSW0417 472 723
District 9670Graeme HooperCentral NSW0417 203 603
District 9705David PostSouthern NSW0408 221 696
District 9705Chris FinkelSouthern NSW0429 661 358
District 9800Grant HockingVictoria0429 802 722