Australian bushfires: Yummy Yarn and Co creates nesting bowls, pouches

A group of local crafters have participated in a special working bee to help native animals who have been injured in the Australian bushfires.

Dubbo's Robyn Hicks, owner of Yummy Yarn and Co, hosted the event on Tuesday evening with about 15 dedicated crocheters taking part to create nesting bowls and joey pouches.

The idea to hold the working bee was suggested from a Yummy Yarn and Co customer.

Ms Hicks and some of her customers created koala mittens which were distributed in December 2019, but because the bushfire situation was worsening, they jumped at the chance to help again.

The crochet nesting bowels and pouches will be given to the Animal Rescue Craft Guild, over the coming days and weeks.

Ms Hicks said it was great to see the participants helping one another during the working bee night.

"It's all about community, skill sharing and just being a part of something," she said.

"I think this is going to be an ongoing process for quite a while."


While the crochet donations are needed, Ms Hicks said the wildlife rescue organisations - mainly run by volunteers - were also in desperate need of money donations.

"Every little bit helps," she said.

Despite the Animal Rescue Craft Guild being inundated with crochet donations, even just recently calling for people to put their work on hold for the moment, Ms Hicks will send over whatever is needed.

The pouches and bowls that aren't sent over will be given to the Dubbo Zoo.

"I didn't know whether the working bee should go ahead but I have a friend that works at Dubbo Zoo and she said if they don't need them the Zoo always needs things like that as well," Ms Hicks said.

"So if we don't send them to Sydney. they can go out to the Zoo, it's still helping somebody, somewhere."