Bushfires: Locals donate in big numbers

COOMA is extending a helping hand to one of the worst affected areas hit by the bushfires that has destroyed homes, livestock and land across the state.

While Cooma has been battling a bushfire of its own, residents found time to donate goods that are being sent to Coonabarabran where it is estimated 53 properties and 113 outbuildings have been lost as well as livestock and farm machinery.

When news came about that one property had been lost on the Mount Forest Road in the Yarrabin fire near Cooma last week, Brett Simpson from Cooma Equipment Hire put out the call on Facebook for donations for the family.

He said the response had been exceptional.

Locals donated clothes, household appliances and a large amount of toys.

With three pallets worth of excess items, Mr Simpson decided to call bushfire affected areas including Nowra and Yass across the state to see if there was a need for donations.

The call was welcomed by the Coonabarabran Rural Fire Service where more than 53 properties have been destroyed so far.

Mr Simpson contacted Marco Revelant from Monaro Freight who gave his time and service on Monday to load a truck with the supplies and transport them to Sydney.

In Sydney the goods are being picked up by Peter Roberts Transport and taken to Coonabarabran.

"Its been outstanding the response we have had," Mr Simpson said.

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