Boosting morale after bushfires

Boosting morale after bushfires

A free concert on February 7 has been organised to give the people of East Gippsland a bit of relief, socialisation and entertainment.

Organiser, Carlee Knight, has booked the Bairnsdale Racecourse and organised sponsor for Tom Curtain’s ‘We’re Still Here’ tour.

“It’s a social gathering, I’d like to people to know that while we’ll have donation tins around, it’s more important for people to have a chat and some entertainment,” Carlee said.

“Any money raised will go to the Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund but it’s more about people getting together.”

Local Buchan girl, Elle Woodgate, works with Tom Curtain and will be on hand to help with the show, and also has firsthand knowledge.

See our story in next week’s East Gippsland News for more on how Elle helped family members during the bushfire that raged through Buchan.

The amount of organsation and money raised by Carlee is not lost on Joe Rettino.

“It’s just typical of Carlee,” Joe said.

“She just gets things done behind the scenes, no fanfare just making things happen.

“It’s important for kids and families to get out to this concert and take their minds off what’s been happening for a while.”

The Nationals members have been getting in and getting their hands – and faces – dirty, helping people to remove burnt fencing and put up temporary panels. Nationals leader, Peter Walsh, said they had helped Gelantipy’s Marj Woodhouse resurrect a fence and pull down a burnt shed, “How her house didn’t burn defies logic,” Mr Walsh. The group also helped the Sykes family and Keith Davies as well as Ron Cornall at Clifton Creek.

Member for Gippsland East, Tim Bull, said the concert would be a good precursor for the Canni Creek races.

Mr Bull said he was extremely optimistic the Canni Races would run.

“That will be terrific for our region,” Mr Bull said.

“Canni Creek will be another great opportunity for people to get together and debrief at a social outing.”

IMAGE: Fresh from helping pull down burnt fences at Gelantipy and Clifton Creek, Nationals deputy leader, Steph Ryan, Member for Gippsland East, Tim Bull, and Nationals leader, Peter Walsh, joined Bairnsdale Horse centreʼs Carlee Knight (centre) and Joe Rettino last week to discuss the concert Carlee has organised. The group has thrown its support behind the concert featuring Tom Curtain on February 7, which is designed to bring East Gippslanders together. K37-2080