Fire appeal draws community support

TROY DOUGLASBusselton Dunsborough Times

People power continues to fuel the Margaret River Bushfire Appeal, with Dunsborough’s Community Bank and residents banding together to generate $10,000.

The hefty cheque was presented to the Salvation Army during Australia Day celebrations after the Dunsborough Community Bank board initiated a call to the local community to open their hearts and wallets for the cause.

Through Bendigo and Adelaide Bank’s charitable arm, Community Enterprise Foundation, several branches in communities such as Toodyay also got involved to return support they received when faced with similar adverse circumstances.

More than 40 homes were destroyed or badly damaged and more than 1800ha of land was burnt when fire swept through Margaret River in November.

Dunsborough Community Bank chairman Gary Norden said the result showed what could be achieved when communities worked together and would hopefully help the neighbouring residents contend with hardships.

“It’s been a pretty tough road for a community affected by natural disaster, first to come to terms with what’s happened, then comes rebuilding property and livelihood back to its former state,’’ he said.

Salvation Army captain Tim Watson said it was a vital contribution and a decision would now be made on how the $10,000 would be best distributed.

Ongoing donations can be made at any Bendigo Bank branch or online at

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