Volunteering Tasmania (VT) today released a central platform to allow organisations to register specific
volunteering roles related to the Tasmanian bushfire relief and clean-up effort.
VT State Manager Jill Maxwell encouraged organisations to register the volunteer roles they have available and
for Tasmanians to visit the VT website Volunteer Connect to identify positions which may be suitable to their
“VT has been overwhelmed with the support from Tasmanians, with over 500 people registering their interest to
volunteer in bushfire affected areas to date,” said Ms Maxwell.
“The support, commitment and enthusiasm shown by Tasmanians is honourable and appreciated by all,
however, cleaning up and rebuilding after a disaster like a bushfire is a complex and sensitive process which
requires a combined and coordinated effort.
“With such high numbers of people wishing to volunteer, the new central platform will assist us to be more
strategic about where and how we help to ensure our united efforts are effective and put to best use.”
Tasmanian Bushfires Recovery Taskforce Coordinator Michael Stevens said establishing the website was a
“All our advice is that successful recovery and rebuilding has to come from the community and organisations like
Volunteering Tasmania are well set up to manage and focus this support just as St Vincent De Paul is best set
up to match donations of goods to people who need them and Red Cross has the systems, people and status to
manage donations of money,” Mr Stevens said.
“It allows the Taskforce to get on with coordinating the Government response to work with local communities on
recovery and rebuilding,” he said.
Ms Maxwell said organisations interested in registering should contact Jemima Stagg by email