Disaster zones get help from afar
THE communities of Grantham and Murphys Creek in the Lockyer Valley will benefit from an Uralla Shire Council decision to run a public campaign and raise flood relief funds.
Uralla mayor, Councillor Kevin Ward, said funds raised would be administered by Lockyer Valley Regional Council.
“We reasoned that it would be appropriate for the small community of Uralla to support another small community,” he said.
Situated in New England, with a population of 2500, Uralla has a strong community spirit.
Operating from a permanent stall site in Uralla's main street, shire councillors will be rostered each day to encourage residents to give, and give generously.
Donations over $5 will be tax deductible, and a receipt will be given out.
There will also be a daily raffle and a $5 a ticket Hundred Club.
The stall will be open from Monday, January 31 to Sunday, February 6.
“All councillors will give generously of their time and will be readily recognised with their rolled up sleeves.
Councillor Kevin Ward said that during the fund-raising campaign he would take the opportunity to make a few phone calls during the campaign.
“People should not be surprised when they get a phone call from me seeking donations,” he said.
“We're appealing to the people of Uralla to open their hearts and minds and consider the devastation of a community similar in size to ours.
“Uralla Shire Council and residents can't support everyone but wanted to put their weight behind an opportunity support a geographical area that they could identify with.”