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CFA brigade volunteers Haylee Oats and Melissa Horne are supported by their Morwell-based employer Aussie Broadband.

Yinnar fire grants

Yinnar fire grants

CFA brigade volunteers Haylee Oats and Melissa Horne are supported by their Morwell-based employer Aussie Broadband.

Yinnar South fires: farmer help; volunteers saluted

Grants of up to $10,000 are now available for farmers hit by bushfires in the Yinnar South area last February and March.

The payments are part of a recovery package from the joint Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Arrangement.

The grant will allow farmers to continue working while waiting for insurance claims to come through, and can be used for things like repairing fences or replacing farm equipment.

There is also a $2.5 million Community Recovery Fund for local projects and building resilience to bushfires.

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Meanwhile two CFA volunteers who worked on the Yinnar South, Rosedale and Bunyip bushfires were commended by their employer yesterday, International Volunteer Day.

Melissa Horne and Haylee Oats work at Morwell-based company Aussie Broadband.

Melissa said the company encourages volunteerism among its staff and has been supportive of her and Haylee working with local CFA brigades.

“I always wanted to be a firefighter as a little girl," Melissa said.

"I remember the local fire brigade visiting our school and being in awe of them.

"They were my heroes and I wanted to be just like them.”

Melissa followed her dream and joined the ranks of the brave men and women that keep us safe.

Through the CFA, she met one of Aussie's network engineers, John A. He became her mentor and introduced her to the Aussie Broadband family.

“John is the reason I’m here at Aussie, and the reason I’m still a firefighter," Melissa said.

By day Melissa is a manager at Aussie but once she finishes her shift, she is on call for the Trafalgar Fire Brigade.

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