Watson's Transport helps fire victims


Watson's Transport donates refrigerated trailer to help those affected by the Victorian bushfires

By Samantha Freestone

A constant supply of food that poured into the Whittlesea Cricket club was saved from spoiling yesterday when Watson’s Transport donated a 48-foot refrigerated trailer.

By 5pm yesterday, cool storage was difficult to come by and, in a true example of community generosity, a volunteer with a close connection to the family-run operators contacted them and by dawn, bread, fruit, meat and other perishables were cooling in the van, offered free-of-charge.

The scene in the Whittlesea town centre, that serves as a base for residents of both King Lake and Flowerdale—two towns devastated by the fires that still burn today—was one that showed shocked residents the best in people.

ATN was there as donations flew in throughout the day.

Devastated faces were greeted with food and water donated by companies and individuals, often delivered by truck drivers free of charge.

Operators donating their time tried to deliver goods to Flowerdale throughout the day but were mostly turned down as burning trees fell across the only road to the town.

Many residents were encouraged to leave their homes and travel down to Yea on the other side of Mount Disappointment.

But some goods did reach Flowerdale, with one operator following a Red Cross truck as they cleared the road.

Whittlesea was to host its annual Truck and Ute Show last Friday but it was cancelled due to the bushfires.

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