‘They also provide food and water etc to the evac centre. The shelves have been restocked overnight by the manager and volunteers ready to open today, he’s been on the go since 6sm yesterday. It’s admirable to see the lengths the community has gone to to support the community and visitors. Yes there’s no power and their dedicated lines to keep eftpos etc stopped working last night, but they are doing the best the can.’
She adds: ‘They are doing the best they can. Infrastructure is severely affected in the area. No phone coverage, no power, water needs to be boiled, no sewerage, no fuel in many areas this morning as they need power to pump. We chose to leave during today’s window of open roads to help alleviate the pressures already on the area.’
Another shopper added that Coles and Woolworths trucks were also coming into fire-ravaged towns where possible, donating foods to victims.
‘At the moment they can't get trucks and resources in because roads are closed 😔. The Bega Valley is out of diesel and many of our resources are depleted. The highway was opened yesterday to allow for tourists to get out and we had trucks in from Coles and Woolies. Coles in Tura Beach still had stores of food and it was donated to the community of Eden so that they could feed the thousands of people stranded there.’