People offer their support for clean-up of Eric's backyard
WE called, you answered.
Dozens of Rockhampton and Capricorn Coast residents have flooded The Morning Bulletin with calls offering Eric MacPherson a hand, a chainsaw and other bits and bobs after we ran his backyard mess story in yesterday's edition.
And now, things are looking hopeful for Eric.
Rockhampton Regional Mayor Margaret Strelow said that after reading Eric's story, she asked council officers to follow-up on his situation.
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"I read Eric's story and it is one that has been repeated in a number of cases around our community," she said.
Normally, the council wouldn't get involved in private property matters, but in the wake of Marcia, the council became aware of about 75 cases similar to Eric's, she said.
"We realised that these were exceptional circumstances and we are aware that some of the hardest hit are our most vulnerable."
During the month of March, the council put guidelines in place where, on a case-by-case basis, it could provide assistance.
"Each case will depend on whether the circumstances are, or could be subject to funding or assistance from other agencies or insurance," Cr Strelow said.
On top of the council's support, resident Brendan Crampton offered his ute and a chainsaw to help clear Eric's backyard.
Others have also offered labour and equipment to clear Eric's yard.
If you would like to help Eric, please give The Morning Bulletin a call on 4930 4253.