DEBRIS MOUNTAIN: A golf club volunteer moves storm rubbish into one of six huge piles of debris around the golf course.
DEBRIS MOUNTAIN: A golf club volunteer moves storm rubbish into one of six huge piles of debris around the golf course. Samantha Elley

Golf course clean-up to clear storm damage

A YELLOW ribbon around many of the trees at the Woodburn-Evans Head Golf Club, unlike the song, had nothing to do with welcoming home a loved one.

Instead it was to highlight which trees had dangerous branches that needed removing after last month's storm.

"I counted 48 trees that were uprooted in the storm and around 200 that were topped or needed repairing," club president Murray Cornelius said.

"The course really got trashed, including three of the greens."

Needless to say there were many yellow ribbons decorating the course.

Slowly but surely, thanks to the work of club members and volunteers, those ribbons are disappearing.

"There have been 30 to 40 volunteers here each day with chainsaws, box trailers, excavators, bobcats and a front end loader," Mr Cornelius said.

"Many of the businesses have brought food to help us and donated their time and energy to getting the course cleaned up."

The course was even cleaned up sooner than expected with the XXX Gold Classic held last Sunday.

People in the community have rallied after the storm that created havoc on the night of November 17.

Amanda Moss, of Swan Bay, is one of a small group of people who came up with the idea of a Facebook page called Woodburn Storm.

"We were firstly thinking about a drop-off centre where people could leave donations," she said.

"I made a few calls on finding a place but realised we had a limited timeframe and people may not be needing stuff until further down the track when they were rebuilding."

With that in mind they decided to set up a Facebook page where people could offer what they had and those in need could "hook up" with them to get what they needed.

"The hardest thing has been to get to people who don't use Facebook and also there are many people out there who find it hard to ask for help," Ms Moss said.

"We have managed to help some families and individuals though.

"There have been a couple of families who have relocated to rental properties with no furniture and one lady lost her fridge/freezer and we were able to help all of them."

Ms Moss said people had been amazing with their offers to help others.

"The Facebook page is there for the long run and we just ask that people who have offered items, please be patient," she said.

"Many of the people affected in the storm may not be needing certain things until they start rebuilding in three to four months."



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