Yarrawonga-Mulwala’s bushfire assistance

By Robert Muir

“Wonderful and outstanding” – farmer

“The generosity of the people from away has been wonderful and outstanding. Their contribution is unbelievable,” farmer/real estate and livestock agent from Cudgewa Graham Costello, whose business is located in Corryong, said of the 16-truck convoy carting hay from Yarrawonga and district.

“They’ve been fantastic to us. I had a call from Maurie (Tyrell, formerly of Corryong). He rang me to know if I wanted any hay or knew of anyone who wanted hay and it all arrived a day later.”  

Mr Costello, 77, has been in Cudgewa – 10 miles from Corryong – with his stock agency business since 1964.

“This is the worst encounter I’ve ever, ever had, floods included. Never this situation,” he said of the horrendous, ongoing bushfire damage.

“I’ve lost three to four cattle at this stage, the machinery shed, hay shed, shearing shed, fencing, all the pasture and hay.”

Fortunately, Mr Costello’s historical house was untouched. “It’s called ‘Wabba House’ built in the 1860s something, by the Whiteheads who came out from England,” he said.

Ski show supports RFS

In a great show of support for the NSW Rural Fire Service the Mulwala Water Ski Club Ski Show Team will donate their entire gate takings to the service from four of their summer ski shows.

Ski Club CEO Peter Duncan said the ski show team had no hesitation getting behind the RFS fundraiser during such a tough period where more than 130 fires are still burning in NSW alone.

“It’s been devastating, and they (RFS) do an incredible job. We wanted to do something with the team and the ski show.  We all thought this was a great way to show our support,” Mr Duncan said.

“We expect the four shows in total will raise a minimum of $10,000 for the RFS.”

This Friday night’s show will be the last of the four fundraisers.  Entry to the show is only $2 but you can donate as much as you like.  The junior show starts at 5pm followed by the main show at 8.20pm.

Rotary Bushfire Appeal

A great turn-up is expected to the Rotary Market at the Showgrounds this Sunday, January 19 with more than 170 stalls of all varieties booked for the day. 

A great day for locals and visitors alike to grab a bargain! 

The club will use the event to raise money to support bushfire victims and will donate all profits from this day to the District 9790 Bushfire Appeal.

In addition, cash donations will be accepted towards this appeal at a number of designated points around the venue. 

If a receipt is required, please donate at the Rotary Pavilion (where Rotary’s famous burgers are sold.)

Donations are also accepted all day, every day, at the Yarrawonga Newsagency in Belmore St and receipts can be provided.

100% of all monies will be distributed under the direction of a Rotary District team to local (NE Victoria, Corryong) causes especially convened to ensure support where it’s needed.

Please get behind this appeal.

Humbled by people’s generosity

The result of Yarrawonga Mulwala and district’s response to a call to help those affected by the bushfires in the Corryong area was so welcomed by the Yarrawonga Lions Club.

“We are humbled by the generosity of this town in coming to the fore, what the people have given to the Yarrawonga Lions Club in support of the bushfire victims.” Co-ordinator Debbie Van Corler told the Yarrawonga Chronicle.

“District 210 V6 has said how proud they are of what our club has achieved.”

On Sunday, January 4 a Hicks Transport truck containing 18 pallets of a wide variety of donations left for Corryong to help bushfire victims.

“We are just waiting for the call to have our remaining donations taken to Corryong,” Debbie said. “There will be more water this time, thanks to the kindness of Burkes Hotel and O’Halloran’s Garage Doors.

“We are so appreciative of all people who donated goods or money. It will all be put to a good use and to the people who need the assistance.”