By Claire Ottaviano
TWO new tool libraries are helping residents impacted by the Wooroloo bushfire get back on their feet.
Swan Rotary, together with Rotary Australia, fundraised $450,000 to fund two tool libraries, located in Gidgegannup and Wooroloo, as well as fencing for not-for-profit BlazeAid whose volunteers rebuilt 132kms of lost fencing across 168 properties in the Wooroloo bushfire scar.
Funds have also purchased 43 sea containers for use by residents.
The tool libraries are run by volunteers from Swan Rotary, Rotary Club of Mundaring and Rotary Club of Kalamunda.
Tool library project manager David Uhe said Rotary launched the appeal in the days following the February 1 bushfire.
“The tool libraries are purpose-built in shipping containers, one went to Tilden Park and the other one to Wooroloo,” he said.
“They’re fitted out with shelving racks and we purchased many thousands of dollars of tools.
“They open up like a book library, people affected by the fire can register to be a member at no cost and keep the tools as long as they like.”
The concept was modelled off the success of a similar project implemented after the Victoria bushfires.
Swan Rotary also hosted a fundraising evening attended by 130 people at the Swan Italian Club to raise funds for Rotary Bushfire Aid and Lifeline.
Presentations were made by former Test Cricketer Brad Hogg and Rotary Western Australia’s Bushfire Aid Committee chairman Peter Durrant.
Swan Rotary is active in many community projects in the Swan area and welcomes people interested in making a difference in the community.
For more information visit www.swanrotary.org.au