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Aunty Caroline Kirk is putting out a call for the Wilcannia mob after learning that food that has been sent to them is out of date.

‘My niece went to use the food they’d been sent, and the tins were out of date, the bread stale, and the onions and potatoes were soft’, she told The Echo.

With the hospitals under pressure from increasing COVID-19 cases, she says the health department have let everybody down.

‘They have known for the last 18 months this will happen – they never shut the border of the town, and people could just come through to Bourke and other places’, she said.

‘I’m asking for my rainbow followers to help me get some money together for the mob up there so they can get themselves the food they need. They are being sent lots of things that they just don’t eat’.

Well known local activist and firefighter, Muzz (Murray Drechsler), said he is happy to support the drive to raise money, and donations can be made to his bank account and he will pass it onto Aunty Caroline.

Aunty Caroline told The Echo that her niece’s husband has a ute, and permission to go to Broken Hill to buy food for the mob.

‘My niece, Joyanne, will distribute it to everybody and families in the community’.

To help them out you can make a donation to: Murray Drechsler, Beyond Bank, BSB: 325 185, Account number: 03514689. Tag the donation: Wilcannia Mob.

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  1. It just disgusting how the government has neglected and let these people down , having to isolate in tents , rotten and out of date food, its not good enough !!!. Why can’t the army be deployed to help these people ? They can set up overnight if they wanted to and bring in supplies , or are they to busy backing up the numerous police at the borders?
    I’m doing it hard atm but these people are doing way tougher .

    • Do ou actually know where Wilcannia is? I have been there, a beautiful town with no job prospects for the young. Wilcannia is one of the fuel stops you need on your way out to Broken Hill. It is in the outback, nothing happens overnight simply due to the remoteness. By the way NSW Police ARE NOT at any borders, they are being deployed enforcing the law for those who have chosen to ignore lawful and legally binding Health Directives. Perhaps if everyone put their own me me attitude on hold and did exactly what is asked of them none of us would be in lockdown.
      Self centered, selfish people ignore these Health Directives, freedom etc is NOT a right, it is given and it can be taken away.

  2. The USE BY and BEST BEFORE dates were iroduced to force supermarkets into rotating all the products they sell.
    Canned goods, so long as the can is not damaged or the lid is arched upwards, are all perfectly good to use. Fresh fruit and veg have more than likely been in cold storage for 12 months before they hit the stores.
    Packaged goods like flour, rice, sugar, cereals and the like are all perfectly fine to use beyond their date, all that happens is the freshness is less, but the goods are still useable.
    This is why there is just so much food waste, as a kid we would sieve the weevels out of the flour, it made very yummy baked goods, the wedvels were fed to the chooks.
    Perhaps Aunty Caroline Kirk stopped for a moment and see just how far out the date the goods are, then she can teach the mob in Wilcannia not to be wasteful.


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