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Dust Angels spring clean drought affected farmers

Miriam Hall, Tuesday December 24, 2013 - 16:12 EDT
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Bev Sipos and Christopher with Miriam Hall - ABC

For many across Queensland, 2013 was blighted by floods and drought.

But as well as stories about damage and disappointment, there are stories about communities pulling together.

A prime example is the Atherton Rotary Club.

The club raised $40,000 and used it to pay for cleaners to go out and help drought affected graziers in the state's north-west.

He's Grant Fawcett from the Northern Gulf Resource Management Group says the Dust Angels did a fantastic job

"We put together teams of cleaners to do a full spring clean, for 12 hours per property.

"The Gulf Dust Angels, have had such a positive impact on people's outlook out in the regions.

"It's not just the fact that the houses are clean, it's the fact that people cared enough to come out and help them, it has even inspired poetry.

"I was bawling my eyes out the other day, the stresses on the families have been amazingly huge and we couldn't get anything done about it from a council point of view."

The author of the poem that Grant Fawcett referred to is Bev Sipos.

She's from Woodstock station near Richmond, and she says the support from Rotary inspired her to write the poem "Fairy Dust."


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