Cobargo Bushfire Appeal – Trade Tools Needed

A letter from Lorenzo

2 years ago, my friend’s daughter Anika Craney moved from Sydney to Cobargo in search of a more sustainable life on the land. Now her home as well as others throughout the town have been destroyed. Burned to the ground by the massive Badja Forest Road fire that claimed 2 lives and has burnt through more than 236,000 hectares.

Anika is also an RFS volunteer and was one of 5 or 6 members of the brigade that lost their homes.

Anika’s story was featured on the front page of the Sydney Morning Herald on Friday, Jan 10, 2020. Read the article here.


How can you help?

Through my company Chiswick Plumbing, I’m gifting a large trailer and collecting donations of supplies, tools and other essential items to deliver to Anika and the Cobargo & surrounding communities.

We are looking for anyone who may be able to help fill a trailer with “tools of the trade”. If you are a retired plumber/tradie with tools that you no longer need or use or just have some spares lying around, these will be extremely useful. Alternatively, you can purchase items from Bunnings or your local trade store.

Items required are:

  • crowbars
  • hand tools
  • digging equipment
  • fencing equipment


tools required for donation


The community will appreciate any tools that will help with both the bushfire cleanup/recovery and rebuilding of the community.

Supplies for the trailer run can be dropped off to our warehouse at 170 George Street, Concord West.

It’s not much in comparison to what has been lost in the bushfires, but every little bit will help the community to slowly rebuild their lives.

We’ve created a Facebook event for everyone to get involved and to post updates to. Please feel free to join this event and share it amongst your Facebook audience.

Anika’s father Mirek has also set up a GoFundMe page, which you can donate money to in lieu of physical items for the trailer.

We truly appreciate any help or resources that you may be able to provide and hope to see you dropping past our warehouse soon!

Thank you in advance.

Kind regards,
Lorenzo Poletto