Hands-on helpers

AT least three Derwent Valley people have been lending a hand in Queensland since Cyclone Yasi struck last week.

New Norfolk State Emergency Service volunteer Leigh Blackwell was part of a contingent of 21 Tasmanian SES members that went to Queensland last Friday and was expected home today. They have been assisting clean-up operations following the impact of tropical cyclone Yasi.

Meanwhile, Derwent Valley Council deputy general manager Robert McCrossen and his wife Wendy joined Red Cross volunteers in Queensland last Thursday and they are expected home tomorrow. Mr and Mrs McCrossen had only recently returned from participating in an earlier Red Cross response to last month’s severe floods. In that instance they were joined by fellow local resident Margaret Nichols.

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