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MP gets donation overload

TWEED residents have been asked to stop giving to Victorian bush fire victims through local National Party MP Geoff Provest.

Mr Provest said yesterday he would send a second truckload of goods to Victoria today, but aid agencies were now telling him donors should only send cash.

“They are saying the warehouses are full,” Mr Provest said. “They have been distributing lots and lots, but are now saying just donate funds.”

Mr Provest said he understood the agencies needed time to get the goods so far donated out in the right quantities to the right places.

But he praised the generosity of Tweed people.

Mr Provest said the Tweed had donated not only goods, but money and personnel in the form of volunteer fire fighters.

“This area is amazing. The generosity has been so great,” he said.

“We've had lots of children's toys donated.

“We've had TV sets that are brand new, lots of clothes and a chap brought in several hundred dollars of hair shampoo.

“I've had pensioners who all they could afford to donate was boxes of no frills tissues.”

Meanwhile, North Coast licensed clubs have been thanked by ClubsNSW for their efforts in raising more than $200,000 for the victims of the devastating Victorian bushfires.

Clubs across NSW have donated more than $1.4 million to the ClubsNSW appeal, with that figure expected to grow significantly with collection tins in every club across the state and hundreds of fundraisers occurring over the coming weeks.

Deputy CEO of ClubsNSW Wayne Krelle told a clubs conference at the South Tweed Sports Club local clubs had again proved themselves worthy community ambassadors.

“It's part of our culture that in times of great tragedy, communities rally,” he said.

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