Groups meet with MPs to work out aid

MORE than 50 business owners and community leaders have met with State and Federal MPs to discuss long-term projects to assist communities ravaged by bushfires.

They have launched ‘Side by Side: Our Community Standing with Yours’, a website and Facebook page to act as a hub of information connecting the local community with bushfire- affected communities and organisations accepting donations.
Federal MP for Watson, Tony Burke, thanked the various local community organisations for their quick response to the crisis.
“Whether it was raising much-needed funds or dropping off essentials to affected areas,” he said.
“What I love about this community is when our fellow Australians need a helping hand, we’re always one of the first to lend it.”
Also thanking the efforts of firefighters and volunteers, State MP for Canterbury, Sophie Cotsis, said it had been an extraordinary effort despite the many tragedies.
“I’m very proud of our community who have seen literally thousands of people donate important items to our fellow Australians from toiletries and hampers, to people emptying their weekly shopping,” Ms Cotsis said.
State MP for Lakemba, Jihad Dib, says that once the fires are out and people get onto the task of rebuilding their lives and establishing some normalcy, it’s the practical things that will make a difference.
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