Ballarat community comes together for bushfire relief

I stood in Parliament to honour and recognise all members of the Ballarat community who have fought fires, organised fundraisers, giving a helping hand and donated money. Around our great city, members of our community came together to help in any way they can.

Thank you to the District 15 strike team that fought the fires in Gippsland.

Thank you to venturer Corey Loader who rose to the challenge and sources an Australian flag and pump for Clifton Creek Primary School.

Thank you to everyone who donated money at the City of Ballarat Summer Sundays events.

Thank you to Karl and Clem, who organised the Dunnstown to East Gippsland Hay Run.

Thank you to Sam McColl, Lisa Laine, local musicians and the Ballaarat Mechanics Institute for putting on a sellout charity concert.

Thank you to Charlotte, Nellie and Hugh from Ballarat North, who set up a little stall to raise money for the bushfires, with lolly bags, books, raffles, lemons and more, and raised a total of $481.

Thank you to the North Ballarat Sports Club and the 200 people who attended one of the biggest bingo nights, who raised $6500 for the CFA.

Thank you to the Ballarat Wildlife Park, who welcomed Willy the wombat from the Gorge Wildlife Park in South Australia.