'Community coming together': Council donates $125,000 to bushfire relief

Fairfield mayor Frank Carbone and councillors with local clubs and donation recipients.
Fairfield mayor Frank Carbone and councillors with local clubs and donation recipients.

Fairfield mayor Frank Carbone said he was proud of how Fairfield "dug deep" to support those affected by the recent bushfires.

Council presented more than $125,000 in bushfire relief at its Tuesday night meeting with the families of Horsley Rural Fire Service volunteers Geoffrey Keaton and Andrew O'Dwyer presented with $91,171.

Mr Keaton, 32, and Mr O'Dwyer, 36, died after a falling tree caused their fire truck to roll at the Green Wattle Creek fire in December.

The Salvation Army and RSPCA NSW each received $16,924 to assist with their respective bushfire relief fundraising efforts.

Council donated the ticket price of all tickets sold at the Illuminate New Year's Eve celebration and took up a collection at the event. They also worked closely with local clubs and community groups to raise the money and residents also added further donations at libraries and leisure centres.

"I am proud of how this city dug deep to support the families of Mr Keaton and Mr O'Dwyer, and the great work of The Salvation Army and RSPCA NSW," Mr Carbone said.

"It's great to see the whole community coming together to help the families of the RFS officers, and the people and animals affected by the bushfires.

 Fairfield mayor Frank Carbone with members of the Cabramatta and Canley Vale High School Leo Clubs.

Fairfield mayor Frank Carbone with members of the Cabramatta and Canley Vale High School Leo Clubs.

"We hope that this money will go some way to alleviating the tragedy of the recent bushfire emergency.

"A special thank you to the Australian Chin Lien Chinese Association, the Australian Chinese Buddhist Society, Cabra-Vale Diggers Club, Mount Pritchard and District Community Club, Smithfield RSL Club, St Johns Park Bowling Club and Fowler Homes for their generous donations to the appeal."

Mr Carbone also presented certificates to the members of the Cabramatta High School and Canley Vale High School Leo Clubs for their assistance in collecting donations at Illuminate.