Bushfire and Summer Safety Refugee Resource Hub

Knowing how to prepare for an emergency is critically important for all of us. That’s why Bendigo Community Health Services has created an online, in-language resource specifically for people with refugee backgrounds to help them stay safe during bushfires and heatwaves – emergencies that are only set to increase in frequency and severity over the coming years.

The service’s Bushfire and Summer Safety Refugee Resource Hub features a series of emergency preparedness videos for people with refugee backgrounds in three languages: Karen, Dinka and Dari. Since its launch at the end of 2020, the hub has received more than 11,000 hits.

The service’s bilingual support team has also worked closely with the Country Fire Authority and City of Greater Bendigo to create an in-language bushfire safety series of community workshops. “It’s trailblazing work,” says the service’s Kaye Graves. “No one else in the state is doing this.”

Objectives

We acknowledge and respect Victorian Traditional Owners as the original custodians of Victoria’s land and waters, their unique ability to care for Country and deep spiritual connection to it. We honour Elders past and present whose knowledge and wisdom has ensured the continuation of culture and traditional practices. We are committed to enabling self-determination for all Aboriginal people and aim to work closely with the Aboriginal community to drive action and improve outcomes especially in the context of a changing climate.

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