Prossie community gets involved in recovery effort

13th April 2017 5:42 PM
Proserpine Lions president Tim McBride with Alex Fitzpartick from the Grand Central Hotel, Jodie Ferdinand and local Proserpine SES controller Mark Connors at the Grand Central Hotel. Proserpine Lions president Tim McBride with Alex Fitzpartick from the Grand Central Hotel, Jodie Ferdinand and local Proserpine SES controller Mark Connors at the Grand Central Hotel. Peter Carruthers

THE Proserpine community stands defiant in the face of the adversity inflicted by Cyclone Debbie.

And the crew at the Grand Central Hotel are no exception.

Earlier this week a sausage sizzle held by punters at the pub raised $600 which is to be donated to the community.

Ben Ferdanand was the brains behind the fund-raiser, from which proceeds will be divided evenly between the Proserpine Lions and the Proserpine SES.

Ben and Jodie Ferdanand donated the sausages for the barbecue and felt it was a way of helping the community get back on their feet.

"We just tried to get a lot of locals in. It was a chance to get together after the cyclone and talk about things and then there was an idea to donate the money we raised,” Jodie said.

Proserpine SES controller Mark Connors said the money would be spent on equipment to benefit the community.

"We have got a list a mile long. The operation ran really well but at the same time you sit there and take a list of things that could make it better,” he said.

Likewise, Proserpine Lions president Tim McBride said during the next few months Lions would field requests from organisations around town that needed assistance as a result of the cyclone.

"The junior sporting complex or the rugby league club or the nursing home or whatever. That's where the dollars will go,” he said.

Mr Connors said it was really important for the healing process that locals be a part of the recovery effort in the wake of Cyclone Debbie.

"It's part of the recovery itself. To feel like they have done something,” he said.

"Particularly those who were not affected too badly who just feel a need to help the community. It's part of the healing process.”