Nerriga Hotel shelters local residents during fires. Picture: Dion Georgopoulos. Photo originally published in The Canberra Times
During December and January, the Bondi Surf Bathers Life Saving Club began collecting goods and acting as a conduit between local communities and a number of surf clubs/communities on the South Coast, when the bushfires were at their worst.
Further south, Nerriga Hotel, a pub located between Nowra and Braidwood, kept its doors open and welcomed local residents until the fires in the area had ceased, accommodating many residents who lost their homes. The pub itself was hosed down by staff and volunteers, to keep it safe while the fires raged close by.
After the immediate danger ended, Nerriga Hotel continued to serve its community, acting as a local collection and distribution center to help the local residents rebuild after losing businesses and homes. Through a long chain of forwarded emails and discussions amongst friends and colleagues, a request for solar panels soon made its way to Sydney and the Bondi Surf Bathers Life Saving Club.
Todae Solar donated 37kW of panels to the club which will provide solar systems for roughly 6-10 homes that are rebuilding after the fires. In early February the panels arrived outside the Nerriga Hotel and the process began to distribute the panels to those in need.
We’re glad to have been able to contribute, but more than anything we applaud local organisations who are going out of their way to help their own community in a time of need.
We want to thank both Nerriga Hotel and Bondi Surf Bathers Life Saving Club. Actions like these from within the community keep the community spirit strong.