Following an address to Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) by Quirindi CWA Secretary, Colleen Wills, giving an account of the branch’s drought relief activities, Councillors and Directors gave a round of applause to the CWA for their incredible efforts to date raising awareness of, and funds to assist many people and businesses during the current drought crisis.
“We are very lucky to have a local NGO like the CWA delivering this help. Their grassroots involvement in and knowledge of our community along with their networks has assisted them to undertake a giant logistical challenge in a way bureaucrats never could,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.
Mrs Wills told Council she wanted all of the organisation’s dealings on the public record. Total donations to date of $193,305.88; Total expenditure to date of $71,565; Credit over debit $121,739.92; Gift cards received and donated $8,000; proposed use of remaining funding - Christmas vouchers $20,000, Christmas events $6,000 and educational grants $20,000. The balance will be used in the New Year to assist with medications, fuel, car repairs, tyres and stock feed, in the form of vouchers to be used through local small businesses to stimulate the local economy.
Mrs Wills also reported that over 400 packages have been delivered. Gifts/donations continue to roll in, stock feed donated by Farmers Warehouse Singleton is estimated at $30,000 value. She said donations from all over Australia had increased an incredible 70%+ since the airing of the recent ABC 4 Corners program and the generosity of people from all over the nation is both overwhelming and greatly appreciated.
Councillor Hope said anyone who would like to assist the appeal, either financially or perhaps volunteering some time to help with the work, or who knows someone who needs assistance but is too proud to ask can contact Colleen on 6746 1326.