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Olinda Public Hall hosted a community meeting on 19 January, bringing together a raft of services to assist local residents to recover from recent bushfires.

Hosted by Olinda RFS Brigade, and the Olinda Community Association, the meeting is designed to connect bushfire-affected local residents with many of the community services available to help them get back on their feet.

Member for Calare, Andrew Gee, will be attending the Bushfire Information Community Session at 1pm on Sunday and said community members from other bushfire-hit areas were welcome to come along.

“My office and I are supporting the event by organising key relief agencies to attend and assist, at the request of the community.

“It’s important that no communities are overlooked in the recovery process, and that’s why we’re getting as many agencies as possible to be there. This is a great opportunity to find out what relief is available and how to get it,” Mr Gee stressed.

“It will be very informal and also a great opportunity to catch up after the fires.”

Mr Gee said attendance was not limited to the Olinda area, and residents and other communities hit by the fires are welcome to attend including Cox’s Creek, Reedy Creek, Kandos/Rylstone and Ilford/Running Stream regions.

“To date, we have the following services confirmed as attending – Dept. of Human Services, Central Tablelands Local Land Services, Mid-Western Regional Council, Vinnies and Lifeline,” Mr Gee added.

“There will be a BBQ and refreshments provided, although for catering purposes, could you please let Michael Suttor (0428 796 267) or my office know (6371 7138) if you are attending.

If you are involved in a relief agency or effort and would like to attend, Mr Gee said he’d also be keen to hear from you.

“And if you are part of a community which would like similar support for your event, please also let me know."