Tweed locals reach out to victims

COMPASSIONATE Tweed residents unable to volunteer in person have offered their homes for flood victims in need of places to stay.

Banora Point resident Hilary McBain, who works as a cleaner at a Tweed shopping centre, said she didn't have much to offer the flood victims.

“I can't offer anything else, but I live in a two-bedroom house so offering a place to stay is the least I can do,” Mrs McBain said.

Although she has not yet had any inquiries, Mrs McBain offered two rooms in her house and encouraged people to stay as long as they needed.

Mrs McBain, who was in Grafton at the time of the 1990 floods, said she would be able to share the experience with them.

“My heart goes out to them because I have been there and done that,” she said.

Tweed Heads resident Allie Cooper has room on her acreage for up to five individuals and extra room for a caravan.

“I am not physically able to help at the moment, but for weeks and months to come I want to be there for them emotionally,” Mrs Cooper said.

She said people might be reluctant to ask for help at first and she would keep her place available.

“Family doesn't have to be blood-related, it is about people reaching out to people,” she said.

Pottsville resident Shane Thompson offered his house to the flood victims because he couldn't make it to Brisbane to volunteer at the weekend.

“My house will allow people to get away from it for a while,” Mr Thompson said.

“People can stay as long as they need.”

Anyone wishing to register their homes can do so through the Queensland Flood Website under the “open bed” section where about 900 people have already signed up.

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