What goes around . . .

REPAYING THE FAVOUR: Murphys Creek Tavern manager Sue Haughey said the community should repay the residents of the Tasmania for their support during the floods.
REPAYING THE FAVOUR: Murphys Creek Tavern manager Sue Haughey said the community should repay the residents of the Tasmania for their support during the floods. Contributed

TWO years after the Tasmanian community banded together to help the people of Murphys Creek through the flooding that ripped the small town apart, residents are doing their part for the survivors of the Tasmanian bushfires.

Murphys Creek Tavern manager Sue Haughey said it was time for the community to give back to the people who helped them two years ago.

"With fires, you might be able to see them coming, the way you couldn't with the floods, but you can't stop it and the destruction was just dreadful," she said.

"It's just the right thing to do, help the people that helped you and as a community it's important for us to recognise that they helped us."

A donation of $900,000 from Tasmanian Rotary Clubs funded the building of a multi-purpose community centre in Murphys Creek, which is set to open officially on February 9.

Ms Haughey said she had co-ordinated the effort with Toowoomba Rotary Clubs, with a donation tin on the bar at the Tavern and plenty of collection buckets circulating the community.

"Over the next month before the opening of the community centre, we are going to try and get as much money donations as we can and return it in kind," she said.

"The donation of the money that paid for the community centre was a great thing for the community, it will be a great facility and this is what the people of Tasmania have done for us.

"It might be a small amount of money but it's the acknowledgement of how they helped everyone who lost everything here and we have to give back.

"This isn't just something Murphys Creek should be doing; Murphys Creek is a small part of the Lockyer Valley.

"It's about, 'what goes around comes around'."

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