Fire brings Nimmitabel community together

THE NIMMITABEL community has rallied together to support the firefighting effort in the Kybeyan Valley which has been burning for the past eight days.

Isabel Harrington and lots of Nimmitabel volunteers have been making food for the tired and hungry firefighters and grader crews who have been putting in very long days on the fireground.

Mrs Harrington, no stranger to volunteer work, has co-ordinated the volunteer effort to feed the firefighters at the Nandawar shearing shed staging post in the Kybeyan Valley.

Food has also been taken out to some of the firefighters who have been unable to leave the fire for fear of it spreading in their absence. Mrs Harrrington and her merry band of helpers have been making about 200 sandwiches a day, and providing slices and cakes to the weary crews. Not to mention the hamburgers and sausage sandwiches for fire fighters when they come into the staging post after a long day battling the fire.

Mrs Harrington said the fire in the Kybeyan Valley has brought the Nimmitabel community together.

"The response has been amazing," Mrs Harrington said.

"I've had up to 10 people helping me here [at the Nadawar staging post] and before that at the school.

"I've had to turn people away. We have been inundated with cakes, homemade slices.

"Today someone turned up with a ute-load of fruit, someone else brought in a chicken and a meat loaf to put in the sandwiches.

"We've had so many compliments on our hamburgers. We've made 40 in the last hour."

Similar volunteer community support has been in full swing at the Numeralla fire shed and Wondalee.

Farmers at Nimmitabel and Numeralla have also been organising fodder for property owners who have been burnt out and have no feed for their livestock.

Help with livestock issues including, veterinary assistance, transport or fodder should be directed to Department of Primary Industries livestock officer, Doug Alcock on 0411139594.

Mr Alcock can tell people about what help and government subsidies are available.

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