Community rolls up sleeves to clean up Livingstone shire
THERE is so much work still to be done in Livingstone Shire after Cyclone Marcia, but Saturday's Lend-A-Hand Day put a fair dent in it, according to Mayor Bill Ludwig.
He applauded the efforts of all involved - the 90-plus community members, the council staff and a number of private contractors who volunteered their time and equipment for free.
"We've found out that is the tip of the iceberg; there's a lot more work to be done," Cr Ludwig said, indicating similar clean-up days could be organised in the future.
"One of the sleeping giants is the amount of work still to be done in the rural areas, Byfield in particular.
"This event just typifies the community spirit and the incredible team effort we have seen to date."
Cr Ludwig said the clean-up teams got to about 45 properties on Saturday, but there were another 150 registered as needing assistance.
"We know there are so many people out there who haven't put their names forward," he said.
"We need to work collectively over the coming months to identify those areas and make sure everyone is looked after and can get their lives back in order. There's a long way to go but this was certainly a brilliant start."