Community Recovery Services farewell visit to Tathra Preschool

Building Strength and Resilience After the Black Summer Bushfires

Royal Far West Occupational Therapist Tamara Keogh undertook our last Bushfire Local Economic Recovery Fund (BLERF) project visit to Tathra Preschool on June 12-13.

Tamara spent two days immersed in the preschool, re-connecting with the wonderful staff and children.  Time was spent doing observations, collaborating with educators and providing them with professional learning, and engaging with the parent community via an information session on “How to support children’s regulation – practical strategies for home”.

Having worked alongside the Tathra community since 2021, the visit to wrap the project project was (as is always the case), bitter-sweet. It is sad to say goodbye and step away, but also very gratifying to reflect on the difference and positive impact the responsive support has made, and to know the community is stronger and more resilient than when we first met in the aftermath of the 2019-20 Black Summer bushfires.

It has been a privilege to support Tathra Preschool through an important stage of the recovery journey, and all the other communities we have assisted through our BLERF grant, and we do hope we will have the opportunity to re-connect in the future.

Royal Far West Community Recovery Services