Community support floods in for Wisemans Ferry residents

The Wisemans Ferry Bowling Club acted as a drop-off and pick-up point for supplies for flood-affected residents. Picture: Supplied
The Wisemans Ferry Bowling Club acted as a drop-off and pick-up point for supplies for flood-affected residents. Picture: Supplied

A 'step up' and 'can do' attitude was the order of the week when residents were marooned during the recent floods.

While the Wisemans Ferry Bowling Club acted as a community drop-off point for supplies, support flooded in from around Hawkesbury and the Hills to help residents - some of whom had lost a lot and some of whom lost everything.

Margaret Pratt, Wisemans Ferry resident and volunteer at the Club, said she received a phone call from a local police officer at 5.30pm on the Sunday and evacuees began sheltering at the club.

"We warmed up some towels for them and gave them hot tea, coffee and bacon and egg rolls," Ms Pratt said.

"A lot of them were quite wet and it was a really stressful time for everyone.

"We were the first staging point to decide whether they go stay with family or go to the evacuation centre at Castle Hill."

Eager to help provide essential supplies to the evacuees, including food and household items, Ms Pratt's daughter put the word out at her school, nearby Glenorie Public, and donations began to stack up.

Within 24 hours, the crew had enough to start putting together care packages for flood-affected residents, and the club continued to act as a pick up and drop off point for essential items for the next 10 days.

"We finished last Thursday because we needed our club back and whatever we had leftover went to Hawkesbury's Helping Hands," said Ms Pratt.

Rebecca Andrews, a NSW RFS volunteer from South Maroota, said boxes of items went out to residents trapped by flood waters via RFS boat and helicopter and SES flood boat.

The packages went beyond Wisemans Ferry, to Mill Creek, St Albans, Castle Mountain and Singleton Road.

"Anywhere where people were trapped or in need," Ms Andrews said.

"Police also assisted co-ordinate the moves and did a sterling job.

"The heroes of the event were all the amazing people who gave supplies. The list is long and we are unable to thank each person individually. Many humble people came, delivered and went without even waiting to be thanked."

Just a small sample of those who helped included the local Glenorie Woollies along with Dural Woollies, the Sri Sathya Sai International Org of Australia and PNG - who arrived with four car loads of food, towels, cleaning products and mops - as well as Rouse Hill Anglican Church, Baxter Basics Gym and the Gerard and Driver families.

Maroota, Glenorie, Dural and Castle Hill school P & Cs also helped out, as well as a Glenorie lady known only as Fee who provided stock feed, and Kate from Stonehouse Cafe who provided a monetary donation which was used to purchase stockfeed.

"A dozen ladies worked for over 10 days from early morning to late in the evening packing everything from food products, cleaning products, feminine supplies, bread, milk, dog, cat, horse and chicken food and everything in between," said Ms Andrews.