Norply relief package grows

By SHAN GOODWIN shan.goodwin@northernstar.com.au

ALMOST $70,000 has been raised to help the workers from Norply who were put out of a job when the Kyogle timber factory burned down three weeks ago. From next week, the 140 work- ers and the factory's immediate contractors will be able to collect food vouchers.

The Kyogle Emergency Disaster Relief Appeal was launched with a $50,000 commitment from Kyogle Council, and the town ? and in fact the region ? has rallied to keep the tally rising. The Lismore Workers Club chipped in $5000, the ANZ Bank $4000, the Summerland Credit Union $2000 and the Lismore Rac- ing Club $1000. On Thursday night, more than 500 people turned out for a fund- raising party which collected a further $3000 and one generous resident, who preferred to remain anonymous, gave $1000. Musicians volunteered their services to entertain the crowd and a free barbecue was put on. A Kyogle farmer donated a cow

in calf which will be auctioned at the Kyogle Show next weekend, with bidding to start at $800. A second cow has also been donated to the appeal and is be- ing raffled. An appeal organiser, Samantha Muller, said it was incredible how the town had come together to help those hardest hit by the dev- astating fire which destroyed the Norply factory, Kyogle's biggest employer. She said the street party was the first chance since the disaster that the community had to get to- gether and show it would work as a team. Workers and contractors can visit St Vincent de Paul's at Kyogle on Tuesday, from 10am

until noon, and Friday from 2pm until 4pm, as well as the Salva- tion Army at Casino on Wednes- day, from 11am until 1pm, for an assessment for food vouchers. They will need to show identifica- tion. Vouchers will be given based on whether their partner also worked for Norply and how many children they have. Financial counselling to help workers prioritise their obliga- tions also will be provided. Donations to the appeal can be made at ANZ banks, the Southern Cross University or Westpac banks. n What do you think? Phone the Star Feedback line on 6624 3266 or email opinions@north- ernstar.com.au



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