TRA operating in a bushfire area.
TRA operating in a bushfire area. Contributed

Recovery help is in the wings

TEAM Rubicon Australia - a volunteer-based organisation that offers disaster relief - is monitoring the Stanthorpe region and is ready to provide help if needed.

Team Rubicon Australia Director of Development and Communications, Anastasia Bougesis, said Team Rubicon provided assistance in the recovery phase after a natural disaster, which emergency response crews initially attended.

"Our planning team is monitoring Stanthorpe and they are still in the response phase at the moment, which means the emergency response phase is still active on the ground there,” Ms Bougesis said.

She said a reconnaissance team, or a small team of volunteers, may be sent to the area to assess the level of damage, and how the community could be helped.

Staff were currently in contact with members of the Stanthorpe community and, if needed, she said Team Rubicon Australia would send volunteers in for week-long 'waves', in which 20 people were deployed at a time.

"We're assessing every few days and we are constantly monitoring the situation.

"Often, the first thing in recovery would be a lot of debris clearance and general cleaning duties.

"Sometimes people go back to their houses and that's something they can't face. It's something we can do that has a really high impact.

"It can be quite daunting for people to see all the damage so if we can spend some time helping clear that then there's quite a large psychological impact.”

Ms Bougesis said that if anyone was interested in joining Team Rubicon Australia they could check the website for details: teamrubiconaus.org.

She said locals who were keen to help after a disaster in their area were able to take part if Team Rubicon Australia organised local musters and rally points for spontaneous volunteers when they were operating in an area.

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