Local fire appeal reaches $135,000

Community Foundation for the Tumut region board member Diana Palmer, Foundation board member Louise Halsey, Tumut Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Deidre O’Cleary, Chamber project officer Joanne Richards, Chamber president Natalie Randall and Foundation board member Cooryna Ackroyd in Tumut on Friday.

THE Community Foundation for the Tumut region’s Dunns Road Fire Appeal has reached $135,000 and the Foundation is now partnering with the Tumut Regional Chamber of Commerce as the appeal heads into a restoration and renewal phase.

“We are delighted to be partnered with the Tumut Chamber of Commerce and relieved to have someone to do all the leg and ground work,” Foundation board member Louise Halsey said.

An allocation from the appeal money will be used to purchase gift cards to be donated to those affected by the fires and to be spent at participating businesses in the Tumut region.

Businesses can participate for just a $10 fee and only need an eftpos facility for the cards to be used.

Chamber president Natalie Randall said she would like to encourage more businesses to participate as all the funds will be spent in the area.

“All businesses, Chamber members or not, are welcome to contact the Chamber about this,” Natalie said.

Louise said the $135,000 raised by the Appeal would be divided equally across the Dunns Road fireground, among those directly impacted by the fire.

“We have been able to extend our reach from what was the Tumut Shire boundary to extend across to the whole Dunns Road fire affected area,” she said.

Louise praised those who made substantial contributions to the Appeal total, including Angus McKean of Wagga Wagga, and Anne Wilkinson of Cargo Transport Systems in Adelaide, who grew up in Batlow and donated $15,000 to the Batlow RFS, the Tumut Turf Club, Bendigo Bank, and Ziggy’s Fresh in Canberra, who donated $1 per kilo of all Batlow apples sold.