The best and the worst
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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BLAZE . . . this family lost everything