Cockscomb Veterans Retreat need helpers for a working bee this Sunday.
Cockscomb Veterans Retreat need helpers for a working bee this Sunday. contributed

Veterans retreat needs clean up help after Marcia on Sunday

ROLL up your sleeves, rustle up some muscle and help clean up a veterans retreat this Sunday.

Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry is using social media to help small business, farmers and community groups to rustle up armies of 'people power' to help in the aftermath of Cyclone Marcia.

"As I move around the region, I meet farmers and small business owners gutted by the cyclone, and some said what they really needed immediately, was dozens of helpers on the ground," Ms Landry said.

"I put several 'calls for help' on Facebook and those that needed help like the Vass macadamia farm and Boundary Nursery near Byfield got tremendous support. When some of the places got more helpers than required - they referred the extra volunteers onto neighbouring businesses and farms which also needed help."

In the latest 'call for help', Ms Landry is seeking helpers for a working bee at Cockscomb Veterans Retreat near Cawarral, a quiet haven for returned service personnel.

"They urgently require assistance to help move fallen trees and repair smashed infrastructure. Their accommodation has been destroyed, so they're also looking for second hand dongas or caravans," Ms Landry said.

"Cockscomb is a vital service for our returned service personnel who have served their country. It's a place of tranquility so they can sort out problems in their lives."

Cockscomb is hoping dozens of volunteers will turn up at a working bee from 8am this Sunday (March 22) at 124 Camms Road, Cawarral.

If you have a bobcat, chainsaw or are able to assist with the clean-up, please contact President Herb Elliott on 0419 662 987 or email: pugsley555@hotmail.com

Meanwhile, at the Vass macadamia plantation 2000 trees, aged nearly 50-years-old, were pushed over by the wind.

Last month, the farm needed helpers to collect nuts that were strewn on the ground. 

A call out for help on Ms Landry's Facebook site reached over 200,000 people digitally, resulting in an influx of helpers.



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