Men raise barrow load of help for fire victims

MEMBERS of Men’s Sheds across the Hunter have banded together to collect tools to aid the clean up of fire-ravaged Coonabarabran. 

NSW Men’s Shed Association project co-ordinator Martyn Leist said many people had donated blankets and clothes to the people of Coonabarabran but they were in desperate need of building tools, chainsaws and tarpaulins.

‘‘I contacted Coonabarabran Men’s Shed and they said ‘This is what we need to start the clean-up’,’’ Mr Leist said.

‘‘They need tools to mend fences and clean up debris. People’s sheds containing tools as well as their homes have been burnt.’’

The fire in and around the Warrumbungle National Park is now contained, but it has burnt more than 50,000hectares  and destroyed more than 50 homes.

Hunter Men’s Sheds including Swansea, Elermore Vale, Maitland, Singleton and Merriwa are taking part in a mass tool muster and are seeking donations of work tools to take to Coonabarabran.

People are invited to drop off tools, shovels, crowbars, rakes, bolt cutters, mattocks and more at the men 

sheds listed above  between 10am and 2pm today. 

Mr Leist said he had organised a truck and trailer to transport the collection of implements to Coonabarabran tomorrow.

The response from the Hunter has been so strong that he is contemplating organising an additional truck.

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