Our thoughts are with our neighbours to the east as they battle an unprecedented fire situation.
While Wodonga has not been affected by active fires, our community has mobilised to assist wherever they can.
We want to start by thanking businesses, residents and the wider community for the outpouring of generosity that started so promptly after this incident began. Our businesses and community donated time and goods, meals and services and we received dozens of offers of support and people wanting to volunteer.
It is these difficult and trying times that show the true community spirit of Wodonga and we should all be proud of how we have come together.
Through our relief centre, we’ve been working with the Red Cross, Department of Health and Human Services and other agencies to support the people who have been coming from the fire-affected areas. We want to thank them for their co-operation and support in dealing with a very difficult situation.
We know that these fires are far from over and this will be an incident that will be affecting our community and our nearest neighbours for some weeks to come.
As such, we expect there will be times in these weeks that further assistance will be required and your generosity may be called upon again.