USG Boral contributed material and skills to Habitat for Humanity Australia towards an effort to rebuild the lives of families affected by the 2009 bushfires in Victoria.

As a partner of Habitat for Humanity Australia’s ‘Building Community Resilience’ program, USG Boral has donated Sheetrock plasterboard to complete three homes at Crib Point on the Mornington Peninsula with Habitat for Humanity Victoria, and is now supporting part of the 25-home project in Yea, near the epicentre of the Black Saturday bushfires.

The 2009 fires destroyed more than 1,300 homes and 40 per cent of land across the Murrindindi Shire. Habitat for Humanity Victoria has already completed five homes for families affected by the bushfires, with another three homes underway.

A USG Boral volunteer team headed to Yea, 120km north of Melbourne in April to share their plastering skills with schoolboy volunteers and help build a home together for bushfire-affected families.

Melbourne High student Aditya Talwar was one of the 22 students selected by teachers from more than 80 who had applied to be part of the week-long project.

Aditya commented that he had a really rewarding experience working with the plasterers, who were not only very patient but also ensured the group was comfortable with the role. The USG Boral team provided constructive criticism on how to rectify the errors to improve the outcome.

Habitat for Humanity Victoria Executive Director, Phil Curtis explains that USG Boral’s donation  and volunteering efforts have made an enormous contribution to families in need. He appreciated the assistance and instruction given by the USG Boral staff on site to the students from Melbourne High School for installing the plasterboard in one of the houses currently under construction.

Phil adds that they are delighted to be building a partnership with USG Boral and Boral generally to support their home building program in Victoria.