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Townsville Bulletin - - Letters -

WITH re­gard to the Gar­butt fire only two days be­fore Christ­mas, as the fa­ther of the lady who lost all pos­ses­sions in their rented Hous­ing Com­mis­sion house, I would like to thank all of those in­volved in fight­ing the fire and those who im­me­di­ately ral­lied to as­sist the fam­ily in dire need.The po­lice, fire, and am­bu­lance ser­vices were mag­nif­i­cent and cour­te­ous, es­pe­cially the po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tor who in­ter­viewed the dis­tressed fam­ily and in par­tic­u­lar I com­mend the man­ner in which he han­dled the young chil­dren.Many thanks to the many neigh­bours and oth­ers who gave mone­tary as­sis­tance, toys and other goods; to the Neigh­bour­hood Watch per­son who quickly or­gan­ised lo­cal re­lief ef­forts and to Wal­ters IGA for their fine ef­forts in do­nat­ing food and set­ting up a do­na­tion col­lec­tion point.Spe­cial thanks go to the re­tailer Joyce Mayne who do­nated two truck loads of new bed­ding and elec­tri­cal items to help the fam­ily be­gin to re-es­tab­lish.

How­ever no praise is owed to the Queens­land Hous­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tive who was not in­ter­ested in help­ing with emer­gency ac­com­mo­da­tion.Al­though this per­son was told a va­cant house ex­ists only four blocks away the rep­re­sen­ta­tive said noth­ing would be done un­til they re­turned from hol­i­days af­ter Christ­mas.A sim­ple trip into the city to get a key and check with Er­gon En­ergy for power con­nec­tion could have been or­gan­ised within a cou­ple of hours to house this fam­ily for the Christ­mas break, af­ter which ef­forts for re­set­tle­ment could be­gin in earnest. P O’NEILL,


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