Merriwa’s Wodonga site at Romet Road has become a temporary distribution centre for donations for bushfire relief areas and has been overwhelmed with the response from the community.

After an initial concept and idea from Naomi Leslie, Merriwa’s Site Supervisor in Wodonga, the site has turned into a thriving distribution centre with over 160 volunteers and hundreds of pallets of donated goods being collated and distributed across our local community.

Naomi has said “Within 12 hours of communicating that we would open our site for donations, we literally had half of our warehouse full of donations. Everything from food items, water, bedding, pillows, camping gear, clothing, shoes and more. The response has been overwhelming, and it shows what a strong community we live in when times get tough.”

Since Saturday morning when Merriwa opened their doors, they have had the support of 160 volunteers working in excess of 2,000 hours in just 3 days. Co-ordinating with relief agencies and fire services, over 150 pallets have been loaded onto trucks for distribution to evacuation points at Walwa, Corryong, Tallangatta, Holbrook, Wangaratta and Wagga.

Naomi added “Whilst we’ve had our BBQ going regularly to feed evacuees and volunteers, we’ve also been very grateful for local food businesses and community groups who have cooked up meals – many of these have made their way to the fire affected areas.

There is an extensive list of local businesses and individuals that have donated equipment, their transport, their time and their support. The generosity of people from far and wide has been completely overwhelming, with donations from as far afield as Bendigo and Melbourne being delivered by the truck load.

Merriwa are currently at full capacity for donated goods and at this stage cannot accept any further donations. Merriwa is now operating as normal from their Romet Road site, while managing the donation and distribution of goods. For any enquiries, please contact Naomi Leslie on 0438 523 965 or visit your local evacuation points for further direction and information for evacuees.