DAMAGE DONE: The destruction caused by flooding in Stanwell has devastated residents.
DAMAGE DONE: The destruction caused by flooding in Stanwell has devastated residents. Contributed

Stanwell residents’ Facebook appeal

IT MAY be only a small community, but it has a strong will and a big support network in the Central Highlands.

The town of Stanwell, 15km west of Gracemere, was inundated on January 25, with waters washing away the Neerkol Creek Bridge and cutting off the community.

About 20 families have been displaced, while others have lost their homes, contents and surrounding properties have lost cattle.

Blackwater resident Ann Wilton said she didn't know anyone from Stanwell but saw the appeal on the Facebook page, Stanwell and District Flood 2013, and decided to help out.

"I drive through this community every couple of weeks on my way to Rocky or Gladstone. There has not been a lot of coverage on the devastation in Stanwell and families have lost their homes and their belongings," Ann said.

"I just thought someone's got to help them out, and I posted on the Blackwater Buy Swap, Sell or Give-Away page, and all of a sudden people in Blackwater, Dysart, Tieri, Middlemount, Emerald and Capella were opening up their homes to collect donations."

To donate:

Blackwater - Ann Wilton: 143 Blain Street.

Emerald - Rasheeda Layton: 136 Opal Street.

Capella - Erin Young.


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