Emergency service workers who rallied to assist the community in Dubbo’s recent floods are being formally congratulated by workers from the Centro Dubbo shopping centre.
The shopping centre was completely inundated by flood waters in December 2010 and relied heavily on the local State Emergency Service (SES), Fire Brigade, and Rural fire service to bounce back.
Centro Dubbo Manager Chris Muir said Emergency Service workers helped to soften a significant blow to retailers and the community.
“Their tireless efforts prevented a major financial disaster for dozens of local retailers, and ensured thousands of customers could collect Christmas presents for their families,” said Mr Muir.
Mr Muir said the shopping centre wishes to thank the Emergency Service employees and volunteers who worked tirelessly during this stressful time, by making a $5000 donation.
“We are hugely honoured to donate $5000 back to these Emergency Service organisations to say thank you for all their hard work and assistance during the floods,” said Mr Muir.
“We were overwhelmed by their generous response to this gesture, which was a collective decision to pass the $5000 donation on to the Dubbo Base Hospital Children’s Ward. This is an amazing show of community spirit.”
Dubbo Base Hospital General Manager Andrew Newton said the Hospital community is absolutely delighted to receive the money, which will be spent helping sick kids in hospital.
“The floods were devastating for Dubbo residents, but this is a fine example of how this community sticks together and the level of camaraderie between local Emergency Service organisations,” said Mr Newton.
“On behalf of Dubbo Base Hospital, I would like to thank Centro Dubbo and our Emergency Service partners for their overwhelming show of generosity.”