On the 7th of January this year our little farm where lots of people come to stay to experience the Australian country life was devastated by fire. With insurance companies the way they are only covering a small portion of the damage. Diane McMurray, myself (Colin Ingham) and my brother Grant Ingham were caught up in the fire and were forced to defend what we had with the very little of fire fighting equipment.
I have included this link to a television report that about the fire and our horses that were injured during farm.
Animals in Harms Ways please click on the link to play video
The video features Diane and myself.
In the early hours of the morning of the 8th after fighting the fire through the night we found our 6 horses, all but one had burns, some serious some not so. The serious burns required urgent veterinary assistance, but with all the roads close or impassable it was not possible to get a vet by road so with the assistance of our good friend and helicopter pilot we were able to get a vet flown in.
There is a lot of wild life flocking to our little property because at the moment we still have water and a little green feed which is very rare at the this time were most of the ground is burnt to a crisp. It is not uncommon to see 20 or 30 kangaroos coming through the paddock of an evening. We are still looking for one particular kangaroo that is badly burnt so that we can get her some assistance, we see her every couple of days but if I don’t find her soon I’m afraid she won’t make it..
A whole lot of infrastructure has been lost and will take years to recover unless we can get financial assistance. New fences, farm equipment, rebuilding of the small bungalow and generally cleaning up all takes time or money.
The idea of fundraising it is fast track all the repairs and clean and then be able to offer either discounted or free farm stays for the participants.
We have fantastic views with frequent visits from kangaroos and emus, winery tours, bush walks, horses, helicopter rides (when available), bee hive tours and just hanging on the deck watching the view and taking in the stunning sunsets.
I hope you are able to assist with our plight
Many thanks in advance
The photo of the bandaged kangaroo in courtesy or Waroona Veteninary Clinic, they are providing an unbelievable service to both domestic and the native animal population