Thank you

A very big thank you to the guys from Karnet and Bunbury prisons for all their great work. They have swung chain saws, removed fire damaged rubbish, cleared verges, cleared burnt fences, picked up paving bricks, replaced roadside safety signs and generally helped anyone who asked.

The attitudes and behaviour of these men was outstanding. They were courteous to everyone, nothing was a problem to them and they were bright and cheerful – all in all a great bunch of guys to have around in the present difficult circumstances.

This is not just my opinion – you may not have seen the following comment posted by Allison:

Just thought I’d let anyone know who, like myself, was a bit apprehensive about ‘the lads’ working on their property – go for it! They got stuck into it and cleared and chained sawed what I needed done. All very well mannered and even Steve (the officer) got in and lent a hand, well done you guys.

A special thank you also to the supervisors. Robert McClymont was a wonderful representative of the prison service whose relationship with both the men and the residents was quite extraordinary. Robert was very sensitive to the delicate nature of his task but put everyone at ease with his friendly and approachable manner. He also worked alongside the men and set them a great example. He is to be very highly commended for these attributes and also his leadership in making this project so very successful. I did not see as much of the other supervisors but the feedback I heard was uniformly excellent.

Unfortunately, these guys have now moved on to other tasks BUT they can come back if they are needed. All you need to do is let us know that you need help and we will contact them.

Chainsaw deal

Sanderson’s Outdoor Power Equipment in Osborne Park are offering a great deal on a 20 inch chainsaw. If you need a new saw to clean up bushfire debris, call Stewart Smith on 9444 1284 or leave a comment or call 9739 1484.

State Government Assistance Grant

It appears that some people who lost their houses have not applied for the State Government Assistance Grant of $3,000. If you have not yet done this or if you know anyone in this position, you should obtain an application form and fill it in very soon.

Contact Waroona Shire for a form or if you need assistance contact Tracey or Graeme.

More assistance available

People are still offering help to clean up, do fencing or whatever else needs doing. Three guys from the caravan park turned up on Monday and two from Dawseville and Ravenswood come down on Tuesday. Their details will be given to the recovery committee but you can also contact them direct. Graeme can tell you how.

We also still have offers of assistance from others who are wondering why they have not been asked to help.

Azztek Kitchen offer

Azztek Kitchens in Mandurah have sent us a donation from their staff which will go to the community together with some other funds we have.

Azztek have also offered an appliance package to the value of $2,000 to anyone whose kitchen was damaged or destroyed when they buy a new kitchen (from Azztek of course). Obviously, Azztek would need to assure themselves that anyone seeking to avail themselves of this offer is genuine.

It is very early to be looking at new kitchens but it would be a good idea to speak with these great people if you are at all interested in the very generous offer.

Azztek web site

What can they do to help?

We have had lots of offers of assistance, the most recent is from the Probus Club in Mandurah. These people are older and not able to do the physical things like using a chain saw. But they could look after your children or your partner or your animals while you go shopping, cook a meal for you, do some indoor cleaning while you are busy with the heavy work outside or any of the other day to day tasks that are so time consuming.

Leave a comment here, or phone Graeme 9739 1484.

Mosquitoes

There has been a spike in the number of mosquitoes recently. This has been caused by high tides which have prevented effective spraying. More details are in the press release – see link below.

This could not have come at a worse time as the fires have destroyed much of the mosquitoes habitat and it appears that they are targeting people even more than usual. So please take extra precautions – Ross River virus on top of all our other problems would be a REALLY bad thing!!

City of Mandurah Media Release 21 Jan 2011

Help is available

The guys from Karnet and Bunbury prisons are doing a wonderful job of cleaning up. Yesterday they started on Pat and Peter’s place and today they are getting stuck into Joe and Chris’s block. They can stay in the area as long as they are needed but if they run out of things to do they will have to go away.

So if you need help with cutting up fallen trees, dropping dead stuff, clearing fence lines etc etc please grab them before they get away. You can leave a comment here, phone Graeme on 9739 1484 or call supervisor Rob on 0418 940 896.