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Father and son Michael and John Gangell, the Mayor of Bassendean, are urging people to dig deep for victims of the recent Hills bushfires. Picture: Bruce Hunt d413794
Father and son Michael and John Gangell, the Mayor of Bassendean, are urging people to dig deep for victims of the recent Hills bushfires. Picture: Bruce Hunt d413794

Bassendean Mayor John Gangell, whose father’s Stoneville home had minimal damage, said the Town was doing everything it could to help those affected by the fires ” some 56 homes were lost.

Cr Gangell said his thoughts were with those affected and the disaster had hit home to everyone at the council, several of whom also live in the area.

‘We completely feel for everybody in this situation, it is just devastating,’ he said.

‘The Town will be co-ordinating a collection at the Australia Day Celebrations for the Lord Mayor’s Distress Fund to assist those affected by the recent Hills bushfires.’

Cr Gangell said while his dad was OK, and his home had only minimal damage, it was shattering to know his neighbours were not so lucky. Cr Gangell went back to the home on Thursday with his dad for the first time since the fires and was relieved to see it was only his shed with machinery that had been destroyed.

The sight of a family nearby sifting through ashes for belongings hit them hard.

‘It was completely gobsmacking and dad realises how lucky he is that he did not lose everything, unlike some of his neighbours,’ Cr Gangell said.

‘It is the most horrible thing and very close to home ” we will be doing all that we can to help.’

Cr Gangell urged people to give generously.

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