Townsfolk rallied to get businesses up and running

CHRISTMAS is only a week away and Woodburn businesses have recovered from the super cell storm that lashed the town one month ago.

Richmond Valley mayor Ernie Bennett (pictured) said despite 14 houses losing their roofs, the proud riverside town's people and businesses had put the disaster behind them.

"I thought at the time everybody worked together and it was about doing the job not only perfectly but as quickly as they could to lessen the impact on everybody affected," he said.

Cr Bennett said the council suffered more than $500,000 damage to infrastructure, which was currently being dealt with by its insurer.

He said the attitude and commitment of Woodburn people after the disaster was admirable.

"It really puts your faith back in humanity after something disastrous like this happens and to see the outcome and the town band together."

Several Pacific Hwy businesses reported suffering a slight trade decline in the aftermath of the storm. With more than 240 damaged or uprooted trees in the storm, the Woodburn-Evans Head Golf clubs pristine fairways and greens resembled a disaster zone days after the storm hit.

Following a public call for assistance an army of volunteers equipped with rakes, utes, chainsaws and muscle-power ensured descended on the course, rolled up their sleeves and got on with the clean-up.



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