ONCE again the capacity of members of Dubbo and other communities to step in help people who are down proves to be an amazing quality.
As more and more families come to terms with losing their homes as a direct result of the Wambelong fire near Coonabarabran, the call to action is being broadcast and the collection of unused goods like furniture, clothing and even fodder is being undertaken. On behalf of our community we want to say how proud we are of your selfless acts and how we appreciate your energy and drive to provide support for others who are less fortunate.
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Coonabarabran buzzed with activity yesterday as the Daily Liberal and media from across NSW rolled into town.The streets were filled with emergency services vehicles and uniforms. The smell of bush smoke hung in the 40 degree heat while the sun beat down relentlessly.
Despite the circumstances and losses the community have suffered, the overall vibe in the town was a "can do" one. Firies, SES, police, paramedics and volunteers kept services running like a well-oiled machine, with everyone on standby for any further trouble.
Volunteers distributed cold water, cans of drink, lolly bags and sandwiches for anyone who was playing a role in the controlling the fires.
In true country style, the Prime Minister's visit did not attract a huge amount of fuss from the townsfolk.
A couple of locals wandered down while the PM addressed the media with her observations and plans for dealing with the disaster, while everyone was else was just head-down-bum-up, getting on with the business.