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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : February 11th 2009
INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, February 12, 2009 3 NEWS www.innerwestweekly.com.au Time to pull together FIONA BRADY HUGE fundraising efforts are under way across the Inner West to help the victims of Australia's worst-ever natural disaster. Local councils led the charge with Ashfield looking set to do- nate $5000 to the Red Cross Appeal after Mayor Ted Cassidy made an appeal at Tuesday night's meeting. Canada Bay Council is also ex- pected to discuss an urgent motion calling for a $10,000 donation at its next meeting. Burwood Mayor Lesley Furneaux-Cook has personally donated $250 to the Red Cross fund and is encouraging residents to do the same. Other local charities and groups were also doing their bit for the victims of the disaster. A spokesman from the Rural Fire Service headquarters in Homebush said it had contributed to a 280-strong NSW team composed of staff from the RFS, NSW Fire Brigade, National Parks and Wildlife Service, and State Forests. A further 100 staff were due to be sent on Wednesday. Despite some initial reports, it is unlikely victims will be treated at Concord Hospital. A NSW Health spokesman said the issue was discussed at a meeting of the Australian Health Protection Committee on Monday. ''Victoria is not asking for assist- ance at this stage,'' he said. ''They appear to be coping well as we move into the recovery phase.'' Dig deep for fire relief Grace Wilson is the daughter of John and Sue Wilson who died in their house at Mudgegonga, Victoria. Picture: RENEE NOWYTARGER The NSW Rural Fire Service headquarters at Homebush monitor four active NSW fires on Tuesday. Picture: PHIL BLATCH ~pP242853 KIM SHAW LOCAL businesses and generous individuals are being asked to dig deep and help families in Victoria rebuild their lives after the de- struction of the bushfires. Premier Nathan Rees said his government would contribute $1 million and called upon locals to honour the ''proud history of co- operation between Victoria and NSW''. A relief fund has been set up to help Victorians rebuild their homes and clean-up the aftermath. Victorian Premier John Brumby encouraged all Aust- ralians to dig deep and help com- munities after the terrible loss of life and physical destruction. ''The human cost of these fires has been horrific in many parts of our state so many lives have been lost, so many people left with severe injuries, so many houses and possessions wrecked and whole communities almost com- pletely destroyed,'' he said. The Victorian Bushfire Appeal Fund has been established in partnership with the Red Cross and Federal Government to act on recommendations from an inde- pendent advisory panel. The Victorian and Federal gov- ernments have donated an initial $4 million towards the fund plus $10 million for a community re- covery fund to cover clean-up costs. News Limited, parent company of the Inner-West Weekly, has pledged $1 million to the appeal. Individuals and organisations wishing to make a donation to the Victorian Bushfire Appeal Fund can go to www.redcross.org.au or call the toll free number 1800 811 700. Centrelink has been ordered to make special payments of $1000 for every adult and $400 for children affected by the fires. The big four banks along with AMP and Woolworths have of- fered assistance and a national appeal will be run by Channel 9, Cricket Australia, the Salvation Army (call 13 SALVOS or visit www.salvationarmy.org.au/do- nations). Mr Rees has deployed local resources to Victoria, sending a major taskforce of firefighters, rescue experts, police and paramedics. ''We will provide whatever resources the Victorian emergency services require as swiftly as possible,'' Mr Rees said. Get your tickets online at www.sydneyroyalshows.com.au/wine or at the door on the day. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact 02 9704 1203 Sydney Royal Wine Show Cellar Tasting Saturday 14 February 1am -- 4pm Southee Complex, Cnr Showground Road & Grand Parade, Sydney Olympic Park Tickets are $50 online or $55 at the door 11 11 11 For one day only the Macquarie Group Sydney Royal Wine Show will open its doors to the public. Savour the flavour of the newest Trophy, Gold, Silver and Bronze medal winners from the Show, all under one roof. Ticket price includes unlimited tastings of the 2,300 wines, free tutorial with the judges plus Sydney Royal medal winning foods. RASS0330/IWW
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