Every weekend for the last four weeks a ten- ton truck has departed from the DURAL MEN’S SHED bound for the South Coast full to the brim of goods to help the fire victims in their desperate need as they try to rebuild their lives.

Dural Men’s Shed (1 Pellitt Lane Dural ) has become a dropping -off depot for kitchens, furniture, whitegoods, tools of every description, even food, all of which has been requested by the people directly involved. There has also been a huge effort in getting warm outdoor jackets and coats, and for this we particularly thank the DURAL SALVOS for helping out.

The Shed is in a partnership with a grass roots community body, SOUTH COAST DONATIONS LOGISTICS, (SoCoDoLo), who are based at Batemans Bay. This body is staffed by a group of local volunteers, including tradies giving their own time and finances as they move around from area to area bringing hope to many desperate families.

The SoCoDoLo gets all the items out to the needy, over a very wide area that goes as far as the Victorian border.

Local people in the Hills district plus Men’s Sheds from this northern zone have been tremendously generous in bringing in so much that can be sent down to the families.

Many people on the South Coast are still in tents, many have not received financial aid, and the cold weather is starting to make things even worse.

Dural Men’s Shed and SoCoDoLo have been helping build some cabin accommodation for a mum and her six children who lost their home and have nothing. The tradies camped out on the property for 14 nights as they frantically built some adequate shelter for the family. Next, they will be looking at a couple with teenage daughters living in a container as their house was destroyed.

Literally, there is a need for dozens and dozens of kitchens as the tradies try to build cabins try to make containers liveable. The shed has had some very generous help from a local Galston retirement village which has graciously allowed the shed men to dismantle kitchens from units being refitted out. The manager and residents have been fantastic partners in this venture.

This help for the South Coast will be going on for months and months. If you know a way you could help then please phone Dural Men’s Shed on 89 890 000 or contact the shed via email on duralmensshed@gmail.com