I've Been Through It Myself
Known for his best-selling books and plain talking advice about money, Scott Pape – the Barefoot Investor has been visiting fire affected communities in the Upper Murray.
Scott, who has also been the victim of a bushfire, is paying it forward, as a volunteer financial counsellor to locals who are struggling. “I’ve been through it myself, when a bushfire came through in 2014 and we lost everything including a lot of stock,” Scott said. “We’d been married only a couple of years, had a baby in nappies, and we went to the emergency centre and the first person we saw was a financial counsellor.
“They said, ‘I’m paid for by the government, you’ve lost your house and everything in it, you’ve got a little baby and you need to let me help you. You focus on your family, the kids and getting the farm sorted, I’ll sort out the finances and come back to you.’
“The last thing you want to do is go through a 35 page insurance document and try and calculate this stuff when you’re traumatised,” Scott told 2AY.