Minderoo Muster To Roll Up at Pindimar

The Pindimar North Muster target area, down Wyree Street from the RFS Station, then up and down Nardoo Street.

VOLUNTEERS from the Australian Resilience Corps will muster at Pindimar North and South for three days, 19-21 September, aiming to mitigate future bushfire disasters in the area.

The ‘Muster’ is a specifically organised, on-site project under the Minderoo Foundation’s Fire and Flood Resilience mission, and includes local community members and corporate volunteers to “build proactive, confident, and resilient communities”.

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Minderoo approached MidCoast Council, an LGA home to many high-risk areas, seeking to provide Resilience Corps’ volunteer assistance in tackling.

Mid Coast District’s Bush Fire Risk assessment of the Pindimar, Bundabah and North Arm Cove areas is officially “likely” and “extreme”, the consequences rated “catastrophic”.

MidCoast Council is also putting the call out for local volunteers to bolster the ranks; those who live in and around these areas should already realise the benefit the added mitigation will provide.

“We are looking for community members who would also like to contribute to the bushfire preparedness of their community, and the Tea Gardens Men’s Shed is ready to assist as well,” Steve Carmichael, MidCoast Council’s Bushfire Officer, told NOTA.

Registration is essential to join and volunteer with the ‘Pindimar Minderoo Muster’, mainly for insurance purposes, and can be done in three simple steps online at https://www.resiliencecorps.org.au/muster/mid-coast-pindimar-muster-day-1/.

From the Resilience Corps, across each of the three days of the Muster, up to 30 volunteers will roll into Pindimar, including university students and corporate members, many coming up from Newcastle.

“Fire trails up Nardoo and Wyree Street in North Pindimar, and Corbie and Challis Avenue in South Pindimar are the target areas,” Mr Carmichael detailed.

Owing to the ‘paper-subdivision’ reality of Pindimar’s maps, some target ‘roads’ will resemble bush paths with plenty of vegetation to be cleared, and trimming tree branches.

Volunteers should carefully note the clothing and tool requirements, laid out on the Resilience Corps’ website, such as sturdy, close boots and long pants and sleeves, as well as ample weather and sun protection.

By Thomas O’KEEFE

Pindimar South target area, both directions down Challis Avenue from the corner with Corbie Street, then down Corbie to the corner of Cambage St.

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