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The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - FRONT PAGE - PA­TRICK GEE

AN en­cour­ag­ing show of com­mu­nity spirit has arisen in the wake of the flood wa­ters that surged through the Der­went Val­ley in early May.

Vol­un­teers and neigh­bours have banded to­gether for work­ing bees at pri­vate res­i­dences af­fected by the floods.

Der­went Val­ley Coun­cil­lor Paul Belcher said he started the clean-ups af­ter see­ing the ef­fect on the com­mu­nity.

“I came out here a week or so af­ter the floods and saw how much dam­age was done and the emo­tions af­fect­ing the res­i­dents,” he said.

“It just seemed like no one re­ally wanted to help out so that’s why I started the work­ing bees.”

Seven work­ing bees have been held so far with mem­bers of the Men’s Shed, New Nor­folk Gar­den Club and sur­round­ing com­mu­ni­ties pitching in.

A work­ing bee was held at Sue and Paul Shee­han’s Molesworth prop­erty last week.

Mrs Shee­han said the com­mu­nity sup­port was the only thing that mat­tered in times of cri­sis.

Cr Belcher said any­one in need of help or want­ing to help out could contact him on 0424 879 829.

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