Tumbulgum Tavern says thank you to residents with free beer
THE TINY village of Tumbulgum was hit hard over the Australia Day long weekend when a wall of water 3.3m high caused devastation.
Yet residents rallied to help save the 126 year-old Tumbulgum Tavern, not just because it's an historic icon and their favourite watering hole, but because they were needed.
"They left their homes which were under threat to help out," said publican Kit Gooley.
"I was overwhelmed."
But after many weary, tearful, soggy days of cleaning up, their spirits are low.
The NSW Business Chamber can't help the residents, but has acted quickly to help businesses.
They have already assessed five businesses in need, including the tavern, the general store and a seafood cafe at Tumbulgum.
But with all the altruistic fervour shown by residents to save their pub, the pub has, in turn, decided to throw a party for them to raise their morale.
"The community sprit in Tumbulgum is overwhelming," said regional manager for the NSW Business Chamber John Murray.
"But their spirits are low.
"This event is a wonderful show of community spirit and a very apt way of showing how much they are appreciated."
Most residents lost their furnishings and have damage to their houses and vehicles.
"As a business group, we have offered flood assistance packages to the small number of businesses in the town up to $5,000," Mr Murray said.
"We have no mandate to assist residents
"So the fact that the tavern is putting the whole amount into a local's night where they can come and have a free meal and drinks to assist them with the pain they are suffering now is extremely moving."
All the best from staff at My Daily News to those wonderful residents meeting on Friday night from 6.30pm at Tumbulgum Tavern