We all enjoy your newsletter and thought it is about time we contributed.
As you may know Carnarvon and the Gascoyne suffered as a result of heavy rains
and flooding of the Gascoyne River before Christmas:
we have had in fact four rivers come down since then.
You can imagine the devastation as a result.
The town was flooded by the rains, and then the river, the plantations by rain
and the flooding river, not to mention pastoral properties and stations homesteads
that were just washed away.
The small town of Gascoyne Junction all but vanished from the face of the earth.
Things were beginning to return to some semblance of order,
the growers started planting again and now we have plagues of locusts and grasshoppers.
It is a really anxious time for our primary producers.
Gascoyne Junction was severely flooded with the town looking rather like a war zone.
This club decided we would 'adopt' them and with funds sent us by so many of the clubs
in the south west, we have been able to do just that.
For 6 weeks now we have been trying to get out to the town (roads have been cut all this time) to help them clear away the ruins of their town and their lives.
Last weekend we managed to get there and took with us all manner of things
such as gardening equipment, furniture, kitchen utensils, tools and whatever.
The members of the club set too with gloves, covered with flynets, and clutching large orange rubbish bags to collect the small items of rubbish about the streets.
Come Sunday morning it was into the bigger items such as sheets of tin, tables, chairs, gas bottles, fridges, rubbish bins, beds and so much more.
The morning finished with Rotarians cooking a giant breakfast for themselves and the locals. What a feast.
What fun we had, despite the fact that it was hot, the flies were more than friendly and it was hard work, it was a great weekend.
Something we will all remember for some time.
The people were just so appreciative and we are hoping that now that we have helped clear away some of the devastation they can begin in earnest to rebuild their lives.
It must have been just so depressing to look out each day on the chaos left by the raging torrent.
Your heart aches for them, being so islolated and feeling rather forgotten by almost everyone. We hope you can use the attached pictures in your newsletter.
Kind regards ........Joy Wade Secretary