Our Hearts Go Out to Australians Affected by Bushfire This Season

The Australian fires have burned an estimated 18.6 million hectares, destroyed more than 2,800 homes and killed at least 34 people. An estimated one billion animals have been killed and some endangered species may face extinction.

And they are still burning.

Our team is especially thinking of the communities who have lost loved ones and homes, and of the volunteers still fighting bushfires in this national crisis.

After some discussion about how we can do our bit to help, Street Furniture Australia has allocated funds to support the reconstruction of Batemans Bay in NSW.

This south coast town became a disaster zone over the new year as residents and tourists fled to evacuation centres and the beach. Hundreds of buildings, including homes, have been lost. Fires still continue to threaten the area.

When it comes time to rebuild, we will keep you posted with further details on the project via StreetChat (subscribe).

Additionally we will be offering subsidised rates for affected areas around the country. If you are undertaking a project please contact Tiffany at editor@streetfurniture.com.

As always Street Furniture Australia will continue to stand with the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA). The organisation is currently coordinating expressions of interest for the recovery time to come.

Evacuees on a beach at Batemans Bay. Photo: Twitter, Alastairprior.
MyFireWatch map of hotspots detected by satellite on January 1, 2020. Red icons are hotspots detected within 12 hours, orange and yellow are 48-72 hours old.

Climate Emergency

This unprecedented bushfire disaster further solidifies our support of AILA’s Declaration of a Climate and Biodiversity Loss Emergency made in August 2019.

This year we will release ambitious new targets, informed by sustainability experts, to act against climate change.

This will be in addition to our current sustainability practices, which include:

  1. Local Australian manufacture.
  2. ISO certification in both quality and environment.
  3. Exclusive use of sustainably sourced timber from managed forests.
  4. Employing Toyota LEAN manufacturing principles to minimise waste on the factory floor.
  5. Durability, both aesthetic and physical, to last more than 30 years.
  6. Only making and dispatching 100% recyclable or reusable core products.

Top Photo: US Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit Fire Captain Dave Soldavini holds a joey rescued from the wildfires in Australia, January 2020. Forest Service, CC License.


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