Our Thoughts Are With Those Affected by Australia’s Recent Natural Disasters

Salvation Army Emergency Services (SAES) teams are responding to devastating bushfires around Australia as an unprecedented number of emergency-level fires cause tragic loss of life and property. Image: Courtesy of Salvation Army Emergency Services.
With any natural disaster, the loss and consequences are devastating, the initial loss in the wake of the recent bush fires for many Australians has been enormous.

Many communities are now faced with the overwhelming task of rebuilding from nothing with many losing their homes, livestock and workplaces over recent months.

The AFTA Board and staff would like to extend our deepest sympathy for losses experienced, our best wishes for recovery and our prayers to those affected by the recent fires.

With fires still ravaging many parts of Australia, some communities have started the task of determining the loss and deciding whether to re-build or not. Similar financial losses also continue in our drought-stricken areas and can’t be forgotten.

AFTA would like to ensure members of the fishing Industry and broader fishing community are aware that our thoughts are with them during these trying times and we encourage them to remain strong and resilient.

AFTA welcomes suggestions from affected members on what, we as an industry, can do to help our fishing communities impacted by natural disasters.

Members interested in supporting the Disaster Relief and Recovery efforts may wish to donate to

Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery

The Salvation Army Disaster Appeal

The board members personally offer their well wishes to anyone affected by the current natural disasters around our great country.
Michael Starkey – AFTA President – Frogleys Offshore
Colin Tannahill – AFTA Past President – Shimano
Mitch Birt – AFTA Secretary – Pure Fishing
Billy Parsons – AFTA Treasurer – JM Gillies
Michael Wassman – AFTA Director – BCF
Chris Baty – AFTA Director – Compleat Angler Melbourne & Geelong
Stephen Morgan – AFTA Director – Fishing Monthly Group
The Hon Bob Baldwin – Chairman