Bushfires have impacted a considerable number of members. Sadly this has included the loss of houses and other property such as vehicles and outbuildings.
The union will be providing support to these members.
Specifically, the most recent bushfires have affected the following towns in the Canberra- Goulburn Archdiocese: Batehaven, Moruya, Broulee, Bega, Pambula, Bombala, Cooma, Batlow, Adelong, Tumut, Braidwood and Gundagai. All Saints Primary School Tumbarumba in the Diocese of Wagga Wagga was also affected. All of the schools in these towns were however operational for the commencement of the school year.
The Scots College Glengarry Campus in Kangaroo Valley suffered damage to staff residences and student dormitories and the school is relocating the program in Term 1 and early Term 2 as a result. St Peters Anglican College Broulee is another independent school that was affected.
In terms of specific assistance, the union will be providing professional development – Responding to Bushfire Trauma. The course will deal with wellbeing for members and importantly to provide assistance to students recovering after a bushfire. Details of this professional development are on the IEU website.