When forest activist, Susie Russell heard that friends in flood devastated Lismore had lost everything they owned and were hungry, she swung into action to help.
The North East Forest Alliance used their mobile kitchen equipment and skills to host a tent café in the centre of flooded Lismore serving hot food for weeks on end.
“We’ve been here a bit over a week now, and apparently we’re the only sit down cafe left standing in Lismore :-).
Lots of displaced people and work crews coming through each day for a feed and coffee/tea/chai.
Also lots of local support with people donating food, cakes, soups, stews … and did I mention cakes!
However, we do need a little tip up of cash to get us through another 2 weeks - anything you can spare would be most appreciated!”
Susie Russell tells the café story and describes how mature forest filters rainwater and slows floodwaters.
Earth Matters #1347 was produced by Bec Horridge
Cafe Fundraiser https://gofund.me/91844ad4
Koor Mail fundraiser : https://gofund.me/26ef7126
Flood help Northern Rivers Services 2 — Flood Help Northern Rivers (floodhelpnr.com.au)
Megan Williams, Bec Horridge, Nicky Stott & Eiddwen Jeffery