City of Wanneroo community donated more than $40,000 to victims of Waroona and Yarloop bushfires

City of Wanneroo community donated more than $40,000 to victims of Waroona and Yarloop bushfires

Mayor Tracey Roberts said she was humbled by the enormous show of community spirit and pleased that so many had worked together to support the cause.

“Many fundraising events have been held to ensure the Waroona and Yarloop communities have help during this difficult time,” she said.

“Once again our community has shown they care and are concerned about the well-being of others and their generous response is truly amazing.”

A charity concert event, put on by the Vietnamese Community in Australia organisation at Girrawheen Senior High School on March 6, raised $30,000.

In addition to helping fight the fires, the Wanneroo Central Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade held a quiz night on February 26 and raised almost $9000 towards the Lord Mayor’s Distress Relief Fund.

The cost of the deadly bushfires has climbed to more than $60 million, a devastating toll for the small community of Yarloop.

“Not only are they suffering financial hardship, but two people from their community tragically lost their lives in this disaster,” Mrs Roberts said.

“I cannot imagine how difficult it must be to lose your home and all your belongings, and have to start again from scratch – and yet this is the reality for more than 100 families.”

The council voted to donate $5000, as well as provide administrative support in the management of the bush fire appeal.

The Joondalup council decided in February to donate $7500 to the appeal.