Social initiatives helping bushfire affected communities
The recent bushfires, floods and drought have prompted Australians to do what we do best. Dig deep. Help a mate, help a neighbour, or help a complete stranger in a time of need through a range of bushfire-related social initiatives.
From shopping locally, to holidaying here and road-tripping for good, here are a few feel-good initiatives that will lend a helping hand to bakers, scuba instructors, hoteliers and everyone in between.
Social initiative Empty Esky encourages everyone to grab an empty esky and head out on a road trip to an impacted town. By filling an esky with local food, wine and wares, visitors can help impacted communities get back on their feet.
Buy from the bush
Buy from the Bush highlights the unique and stunning items crafted in Australia’s rural communities, particularly those facing drought. This social media campaign has become part of a larger movement towards thoughtful gifting that connects everyone across the country with rural communities.
Maybe a piece of Indigenous art from Janbal Gallery in Mossman should adorn your walls. Or you can purchase leatherwork and outback crafts from the Kinnon and Co Station Store in Longreach. Regardless, the best way to find a store is to simply head on a weekender road trip. Pop your head in the door and say G’day, you never know what you may find.
Roadtrip for good
Speaking of driving holidays, Roadtrip For Good is a social initiative supporting bushfire affected communities by highlighting businesses in fire-affected areas that are open and ready to welcome visitors once again. The journey is as important as the destination.
Bushfire bounce back
The social hashtag #bushfirebounceback has been launched by the Australian Tourism Export Council (ATEC) to spread the word that most of Australia remains unaffected and is open for business. When you’re out in region, be sure to add the hashtag to promote how beautiful our place is.
Last but not least, the best way to support communities is to simply visit. From the Great Barrier Reef, to station stays mustering sheep or day hikes through the Scenic Rim – the options for a short getaway in Queensland are endless; it’s a beautiful place to holiday here. Be sure to also include #holidayhere when you’re out exploring.