Federal Member for Blaxland Jason Clare spoke in the Parliament of Australia on the Bushfire Condolence motion.
He spoke of the devastation in community from the North Coast to the South Coast of NSW and what he has seen in towns ravaged by the fires.
He also took the opportunity to thank the local community for the work that they have done to collect donations and money for communities affected by the devastating bushfires.
“We weren’t touched directly by the fires – but all of us in the local community have been affected,” Mr Clare said in his speech.
“We’ve seen it in the sky, we’ve breathed it in, and we’ve felt it. Almost every church, mosque, temple, community club has done their bit, run a raffle, raised money, held a fundraising dinner, done something to help their fellow Australians.”
One of these fundraisers was organised by Dr Vinh Binh Lieu, President of the Vietnamese Australian Medical Association.
On December 19, volunteer firefighters from Horsley Park RFS Andrew O’Dwyer and Geoff Keaton tragically lost their lives when their truck was hit by a tree and rolled in Buxton.
Both men had 19-month-old children who were born within days of each other.
Three days before Christmas, Dr Lieu organised a fundraiser to raise money to support Andrew and Geoff's families.
Dr Lieu and the local community raised an incredible $117,519.91.
“This is a prime example of our local community coming together to help out people in need.”
ISSUED: MONDAY 17 FEBRUARY 2020
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