Community spirit pours into town

Elise Van Aken & Lisa FavazzoMidwest Times
Carnarvon Chicken Treat franchisee Colin Carnarby giving free meals to local police officers First Class Constable Ben Rickards and Senior Constable Heather Malham.
Camera IconCarnarvon Chicken Treat franchisee Colin Carnarby giving free meals to local police officers First Class Constable Ben Rickards and Senior Constable Heather Malham. Credit: Supplied

Gascoyne residents banded together last week as a tropical low flooded homes, crops and infrastructure.

But just as extreme weather is part and parcel of Gascoyne living, so is a can-do community spirit.

Shire of Carnarvon president Eddie Smith said while his sympathies were with those who had suffered in the floods he could not help but marvel at how people supported each other in the crisis.

“The attitude in the town has been wonderful,” he said.

Coral Coast Helicopter Services helped with search, rescue and surveying efforts as floodwaters engulfed properties and left drivers stranded.

Chicken Treat franchisees Colin and Fiona Carnaby gave away more than $500 worth of food at the weekend to emergency services workers and volunteers who had been toiling on the front lines to manage the flood and keep people safe.

Carnarvon SES and volunteers dig levees to keep floodwaters at bay.
Camera IconCarnarvon SES and volunteers dig levees to keep floodwaters at bay. Credit: Carnarvon SES/Facebook

Mr Carnaby said the 6000- strong town had an amazing community spirit.

“Everyone has pitched in and helped out. The SES had to build some new levees down near the caravan parks and the guys were working from 3am on Thursday,” he said.

“That’s why we decided to help out with some free lunches — a guy by the name of Paul came through after volunteering and said he wouldn’t have eaten otherwise because he didn’t have time to make food.

“That was just such a good feeling for us to know we had been able to help out. We’ve only been here since October and I’ve been amazed at the community sprit.”

The Bakery Plus also delivered complimentary sandwiches to the SES and The Turtle Shack gave away coffees.

Mr Carnaby praised Horizon Power for keeping residents left in the dark informed via text message on its progress fixing issues and the reasons behind the power cuts.

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