Volunteers lend a hand to bushfire victims

Volunteers lend a hand to bushfire victims

9 February 2007

published by www.abc.net.au

Australia– Help is still pouring in for Victorian farmers who lost stock,fencing and pasture in the recent bushfires.

The fires were officially declared contained this weekafter burning more than 1 million hectares.

Tambo Crossing farmer David Smith lost more than 300sheep in the fires and now has 28 volunteers helping him rebuild.

Workers and friends have travelled from as far as NewSouth Wales to help restore the farm.

Volunteer Colin Lambel says fence rebuilding has beentiring but fun.

“It’s been a great time and certainly to have thatnumber of people here,” he said.

“We converted the old shearers’ quarters and that’snow termed the ‘Tambo Hilton’.

“It’s a great little place and I think there’s beenabout 10 people sleeping in there and a couple in caravans so it’s been a prettygood effort by people to get it all together.”

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