Yarrawonga Chronicle

Welcomed news for Murray’s

- BY EMMA PRIOR

After a devastatin­g fire that destroyed their home and all their belongings, Yarrawonga’s Murray family has finally received some good news with a new home becoming available.

Korallea, her daughters Elsie-Anne, Katelyn, Cassidi, Justyce and Elsie- Anne’s partner Jamie who lived together in the home on Beattie’s Road have been living with Korallea’s parents Jann and Gordon in the interim to finding a home of their own.

Now with some good news, Korallea is feeling relieved and building towards restarting their lives in a new space.

“I feel a lot more stress free now I’m not worried about having to find accommodat­ion for my children,” Korallea said.

“We are so grateful to Megan at Yarrawonga Mulwala Real Estate for going above and beyond for my family.

“She’s been amazing through this process, and I couldn’t thank her enough for finding me another property after the fire accident.”

With the Beattie’s Road home eighty percent destroyed with fire crews from seven brigades fighting the blaze for an hour and a half to two hours, the family lost everything they owned but Korallea has been working hard to source items during lockdowns as well as receiving assistance from the community.

“We lost everything, but the community has been amazing as well,” Korallea said.

“We’ve been donated things such as a fridge and beds for the older girls and myself. We are presently trying to find draws for clothes but as we don’t have a lot of those either it’s not an essential for when we first move into our new home.

“My girls lost all their electronic­s from laptops to their bedroom TV’s and our family computer which the girls depended on for home schooling through the covid lockdowns so I’m currently looking for a cheap second-hand computer as well and saving for another TV for our lounge room as I just bought a new one at tax time which wasn’t even a month old when we were devastated by the fire.

“I’ve purchased a washing machine from the

Yarrawonga Buy Swap Sell (BSS) on Facebook recently and now hoping to find a dryer on there as well.

“We don’t have a lot of warm blankets/doonas/ pillows but I’m sure I’ll get them cheap enough at the new KHub in town once we have our home.

“My youngest daughter who is six wants her old princess bed back from our old home, but I can’t get it out of the broken down premises due to being a life threatenin­g task to make it into the premises and the bed wouldn’t be stable now the fire got to it so I’m on a mission to find a new “princess” bed to make her feel a little bit more at home again.

“She also lost all her dolls, dolls house and other toys but her main thing she wanted was her bed. I’m doing my best to find something for my little princess.”

From the moment the community heard of a family in town who had lost everything, their generous spirit kicked into gear with the Lions Club of Yarrawonga Mulwala and the local schools kickstarti­ng proceeding­s as a great number of people began contacting them and the family to lend their support.

“I’d like to give a huge thank you to my parents Jann and Gordon Murray for all their support through this devastatin­g time, my parents are my rock and I’m so grateful to have them in mine and my girls’ lives,” Korallea said.

“Also, thanks to Ritchie’s IGA Yarrawonga where I work, the managers and staff having been amazing and so supportive giving me some time off as well as gifts and checking on me to make sure I’m doing OK. I couldn’t have asked for a better workplace.

“Also, I would like to let everyone know how wonderful the schools Sacred Heart Primary School and Yarrawonga College P-12 have been to my girls, helping with clothes and supporting them through this time.

“One last thank you to the charities Saint Vinnies Mary and staff and the Lions Club ladies and gents; these people are absolutely amazing and because of them my girls and I haven’t had to need for much if anything.

“I’m in complete shock to how wonderful the community has been towards the girls and myself. I will always try to help the community where I can, and this community has made my family feel part of it which I’m so grateful for.”

 ??  ?? The Murray children Katelyn, Elsie-Anne, Justyce (front) and Cassidi along with their mum Korallea, not pictured, are ecstatic to have found a new home after a fire destroyed their Beatties Road home on July 25.
The Murray children Katelyn, Elsie-Anne, Justyce (front) and Cassidi along with their mum Korallea, not pictured, are ecstatic to have found a new home after a fire destroyed their Beatties Road home on July 25.

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