Locals respond to help those in need | Kay Fraser

Drought assistance: With farmers in other regions doing it tough, the Lake Macquarie community has rallied to help out.
Drought assistance: With farmers in other regions doing it tough, the Lake Macquarie community has rallied to help out.

It has been wonderful and inspiring to see the way our Lake Macquarie community has responded recently to the plight of drought-stricken rural communities.

Having grown up in the country, I know how hard life can be for our rural neighbours in times of drought and how encouraging it is to receive the support of those from the city.

On Saturday, people brought enough donated goods to Speers Point Park to fill eight trucks for the farmers and their families. The community-driven Fill a Truck drive, which was organised informally on Facebook, went ‘viral’ as they say, as people opened their hearts and wallets to help those in need.

This was just one of many locally organised fundraising events that are assisting farmers and rural communities. If you would like to contribute, there are several other local activities coming up in the next few weeks.

WE ALL know Lake Macquarie is beautiful, but the recent results of our annual water testing program confirm how pristine our waterway actually is.

Water quality in Lake Macquarie is the best it has been since annual monitoring more than 20 years ago, with six of the seven zones tested across the lake and its major tributaries achieving an ‘A’ grade rating.

It is good to see council’s emphasis on projects to improve water quality, prevent erosion and improve biodiversity is having such a positive impact on water quality.

Cr Kay Fraser, Mayor