The Minderoo Foundation in Dalkeith, Western Australia, has announced AU$5 million ($3.25 million) in public-private funding in support of an effort to provide temporary housing for Australians who lost their homes to the devastating bushfires that torched the country earlier this year.
Split equally between the Minderoo Fire Fund and the New South Wales government, the funds will support delivery and installation of up to a hundred recovery pods manufactured by Australian Portable Camps in South Australia. The 7.2m x 2.4m units are self-contained, come equipped with a 2,300-liter water tank, and can operate on the 5 KVA generator they are equipped with or use a 15-amp external plug-and-play mains connection.
The pods are designed to provide temporary accommodation and a functional base camp for bushfire-affected families and individuals engaged in the rebuilding process. The design was based on feedback from bushfire-affected individuals in rural and remote locations who need to stay on their properties while they rebuild their homes and the rural infrastructure their communities depend on.
"The temporary accommodation pods will be offered to people who have lost their homes, who want to stay in their own locality close to friends and family, and who desperately need a roof over their heads in the lead up to winter," said NSW deputy premier John Barilaro, who is the minister responsible for disaster recovery. "There are many local residents currently camping at local showgrounds or on their own property rather than staying in accommodation in nearby towns, and it is important we do all we can to support them in that choice."
(Photo credit: Minderoo Fire Fund)