DUBBO PHOTO NEWS invites anyone in the community wishing to lend a hand to our nearby neighbours affected by recent bushfires to please deliver non-perishable foods and the bare essentials such as soap, shampoo, razors, toothpaste, and toilet paper to our office at 89 Wingewarra Street between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday.
“We encourage businesses in town to hold a morning tea or send around the hat in the office so that everyone can get involved. Take the cash to buy new items to help out the families who have lost so much in the weekend’s fires and drop them into our office,” said Dubbo Photo News salesperson Frances Rowley.
“We’ll be arranging to have them delivered out to Dunedoo for distribution to those who need our city’s help,” she said.
Like so many others, Frances stayed by the phone all day Sunday and Monday, concerned for friends and family, awaiting reports, fearing and hearing the worst.
“It’s very sad. What they’ll need now is feed for their stock which has survived and there are plenty of people getting organised to do just that,” she said.
Dozens of homes, hundreds of head of stock, farm equipment and thousands of hectares of land was burnt out.
Pictured are Talbragar Street business owners Susie Rowley (The Swish Gallery) and Helen Mclean (Big On Style) who have committed to support the Dubbo Photo News Dunedoo Bushfire Appeal and they encourage others to do the same.
“It’s a great idea to get behind the appeal and send through items to make their situation a little easier,” said Helen.
Dubbo Photo News requests any clothing being delivered to be new please.
The devastating scene at Uarbry on Monday. Photo: Brian Harvey/Vision Communicators
Federal disaster assistance
The Federal Government has also pledged disaster assistance to communities in the Narrabri and Warrumbungle LGAs (local government areas).
The Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA) is a jointly funded programme between the federal and state governments and will include help for eligible people whose homes or belongings have been damaged, support for affected local councils to help with the costs of cleaning up and restoring damaged essential public assets, concessional interest rate loans for small businesses, primary producers and non-profit organisations, freight subsidies for primary producers, and grants to non-profit organisations.
For information on personal hardship and distress assistance, contact the Disaster Welfare Assistance Line on 1800 018 444.