10 March 2020
Gunnedah Shire Council has extended a heartfelt thank you to the people of our Sister City Lane Cove for their recent drought relief fundraising efforts.
In December, Lane Cove residents helped spread the Christmas cheer by donating gift cards to help our farming families. Distribution of the cards using the Gunny Money initiative ensured the local economy also benefited with money flowing to Gunnedah businesses.
The community of Lane Cove also held a number of fundraising events, including the December “Rain Bringer” Christmas Concert which featured performances from Hunters Hill High School and Lane Cove Youth Orchestra. Local organisation In The Cove collaborated with The Allcott Bar in Lane Cove to host two trivia nights.
These efforts raised in excess of $12000. Lane Cove Council accompanied this with a generous donation of $2500.
These donations were sent directly to local service clubs such as Rotary and Lions to provide the aid quickly before Christmas to families in need. A portion of these donations were provided to Council for distribution in the New Year.
At the February ordinary Council meeting, Councillors approved the distribution of the remaining drought donations to the Rural Financial Counselling Service and to local services clubs undertaking drought relief work.
Gunnedah Shire Council Mayor Jamie Chaffey said it was great to see the sister city program make a tangible difference to Gunnedah shire residents.
“We are all extremely thankful for the recent support provided by Lane Cove. It is a wonderful example of community service and an important gesture to our farming families that they have not been forgotten during this drought,” Cr Chaffey said.
Cr Chaffey plans to visit Lane Cove later in the year to formally thank those who worked tirelessly with fundraising efforts in such a strong show of support to our rural community.
Photo caption: Mayor of Lane Cove, Councillor Pam Palmer, and Councillor Scott Bennison dropped off their gift cards for residents of Gunnedah. Photo courtesy of Lane Cove Council.
Media contact: Eliza Gallen (02) 6740 2100.