Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - OPINION -

Coles has launched a na­tional cam­paign to raise emer­gency funds at all its su­per­mar­kets for dis­as­ter-af­fected com­mu­ni­ties and farm­ers across NSW and Queens­land.

To kick start the fundrais­ing, Coles will do­nate $100,000 to Red Cross for af­fected com­mu­ni­ties, and pro­vide $150,000 in grants to af­fected farm­ers.

As of today, cus­tomers can make do­na­tions at more than 700 Coles su­per­mar­kets across Aus­tralia.

The do­na­tions will be di­rected to Red Cross to sup­port dis­as­ter re­lief and re­cov­ery work in north­ern NSW and Queens­land.

We hope by rais­ing funds at our su­per­mar­kets and mak­ing a di­rect dona­tion, we can help th­ese com­mu­ni­ties at a time when they need it most.

In ad­di­tion to sup­port­ing Red Cross by tak­ing do­na­tions at all check-outs and pro­vid­ing $100,000 to cy­clone and flood­af­fected com­mu­ni­ties, we will al­lo­cate $150,000 in grants through our Coles Nur­ture Fund to food producers and farm­ers who have lost crops and equip­ment.

John Durkan, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor, Coles

Vis­i­tors to the Moss­man Gorge are be­ing urged to heed warn­ing signs about deadly rapids, af­ter two neardrown­ings. It was the sec­ond res­cue in five weeks at Moss­man Gorge, where signs warn swim­mers of past drown­ings.

While au­thor­i­ties waited for of­fi­cial word about the tsunami alert on Mon­day morn­ing, Dou­glas Shire res­i­dents took mat­ters into their own hands. Work­places, shops and con­struc­tion sites closed, chil­dren were re­moved from schools and fam­i­lies packed their cars and headed for the Main Coast Range, or the near­est big hill. Mayor Mike Ber­wick said he was pleased res­i­dents took their own ini­tia­tive in the ab­sence of any of­fi­cial di­rec­tion

Elec­tric­ity sup­ply to res­i­dents north of the Dain­tree River and For­est Creek Rd came a step

The Paws and Claws an­i­mal shelter faces a grim fu­ture with­out a home if its re­lo­ca­tion plans are re­jected for a sec­ond time by the DSC. With the site al­ready sold, the an­i­mal shelter will be forced to shut for good if councillors vote against pro­posed plans next month to build a new and im­proved an­i­mal shelter on Boer Rd.

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