Northern Territory Shadow Treasurer Willem Westra van Holthe
Katherine Gives Back
Victor P Taffa
Seven pallets of essential items left Katherine for Darwin today en-route to the small towns of flood-ravaged south-east Queensland.
Shadow Treasurer and Member for Katherine, Willem Westra van Holthe, said Katherine residents have dug deep in response to the devastation of the Queensland floods.
“The memories of the devastating floods of 1998 are obviously still close to the surface for those who experienced that disaster judging by the local response to the Queensland crisis.” Mr. Westra van Holthe said.
“In true Territory style, Katherine residents and businesses have donated tens-of-thousands of dollars worth of goods to help flood victims.”
“A steady stream of supplies has been flowing into Katherine YMCA over the past 10 days.” Mr. Westra van Holthe said.
“Two of the pallets contain care packages consisting of toiletries, personal items and cleaning products and the remaining five include clothing, bedding, toys and furniture.”
“Even as the first consignment was leaving today, more items were being delivered, ready to be sorted and sent away.” Mr. Westra van Holthe said.
Mr. Westra van Holthe said helping co-ordinate the relief effort from Katherine has been a pleasure.
“The response has been fantastic. Every phone call I’ve made to seek assistance has been met with enthusiasm and most importantly the word ‘yes’.”
“Whether it’s a request for air freight or packing boxes, no-one has baulked at helping those who have been affected so badly by this disaster.” Mr. Westra van Holthe said.
“The care packages leave Darwin on air freight tomorrow and the bigger items will make up the second consignment which will be on the road next week.”
“A second pallet will be sent to Darwin from Katherine late next week.”
“Other fundraising events will be held in Katherine over the next few days.” Mr. Westra van Holthe said.
“Look out for those events at the Katherine Club, Sports and Recreation Club and Club 23, among others.” Mr. Westra van Holthe said.