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Lockyer flood community to help Tassie fire effort

Wednesday January 9, 2013 - 12:47 EDT
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Twenty people died in the flash flooding, including six people in the Murphys Creek and Postmans Ridge area in January 2011. - ABC

A community in Queensland's Lockyer Valley devastated by floods two years ago has embarked on a fundraising campaign to help Tasmanians affected by bushfires.

Twenty people died in the flash flooding, including six people in the Murphys Creek and Postmans Ridge area in January 2011.

Rotary clubs in Tasmania helped raise more than $900,000 to build a new community hall in Murphys Creek.

The manager of the Murphys Creek tavern Sue Haughey says residents are now trying to raise money to send back to people in Tasmania affected by this week's fires.

"Until you experience real loss I don't think you understand real loss and the people here have experienced that in a big way," she said.

"They can understand those 150 homes or however many it is that have been lost in Tasmania to date and to sympathise hugely."

Australians have shown their generosity towards victims of the Tasmanian fires, with a Red Cross appeal for victims of Tasmania's bushfires raising more than $900,000 in 48 hours.

Tasmanian Premier Lara Giddings says the community response to the crisis has been overwhelming


© ABC 2013

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