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Locals rally to boost flood recovery efforts in Wujal Wujal

Giovanni Torre -

Almost $20,000 has been raised for Wujal Wujal flood recovery efforts by cultural heritage body Jabalbina.

Jabalbina, the registered Cultural Heritage Body for Eastern Kuku Yalanji Bama, is raising funds for 10 local rangers from Jabalbina Yalanji Aboriginal Corporation to help the clean up after devastating floods hit the community.

On Tuesday the group issued an update on the fund raising and recovery efforts.

"Thank you to everyone who has donated so far," they wrote.

"Assessors have been flying in to Wujal Wujal and surrounds over the past week, and what is clear so far is that it will be a long path to recovery for these communities.

"Your donation will provide much needed workforce and employment, equipment and support for the community through the Jabalbina Yalanji Aboriginal Corporation, who are best placed to engage directly with those effected.

"This will empower the community to take control of the recovery themselves and help heal from this natural disaster."

Flood aftermath showing the waterline. Image: Supplied.

By late December almost 300 Wujal Wujal residents had been evacuated after rains from ex-Tropical Cyclone Jasper flooded the community.

They spent Christmas in motels, caravan parks, and the local school's boarding house and many have lost everything.

"They'll need all the support they can get with the massive clean-up of houses and community buildings. Please share this crowdfunding page and ask others to make a donation to help respond to this unprecedented flooding event," Jabalbina said.

Destruction caused by the flood. Image: supplied.

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