On the Australia Day long weekend, Tas Rovers held a service moot as part of the Scouts Tasmania BlazeAid Initiative.

In early January several bushfires burnt large areas of land in Tasmania. One of these regions was near Westerway, about 1.5 hours north-west of Hobart. Vast areas of farming land and fencing were lost, and this became the focus of our assistance. Many of the land-owners had not received any assistance prior to our arrival, and some were still recovering from another fire 12 months previous. Rovers from nearly all Tasmanian Rover Crews attended the weekend, along with a number of Venturers, Leaders, Parents and a few older scouts. We were also joined by six Navy Officers for one of the days, including one ex-scout.

Participants formed small work teams that operated independently on various properties. Work primarily involved clearing burnt fencing and some 50km was removed over the weekend. About 5km of new fencing was also built.

The work we did was very well received by the farmers in the area, and the weekend provided a great opportunity for Rovers to provide real service to the community and engage in a constructive activity with the Venturer Section. We were also fortunate enough to be featured on one of the local TV news bulletins.

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