Wingham Showground evacuation centre and donation point for bushfires

The Showground has plenty of donated clothes which is currently being sorted into sizes.
The Showground has plenty of donated clothes which is currently being sorted into sizes.

Wingham Showground is open as an evacuation centre for people fleeing bushfires.

The Wingham Showground Trust opened the showground up for use, while the Wingham Show Society has coordinated the tearooms as a centre for community donations and a place for people to stay if they have nowhere else to go.

"We want people to know we are here and and what we have, so if they need any pillows, or bedding, clothes, there's more than enough here for people to come and take advantage of it," Wingham Show Society president, Elaine Turner said.

The community has opened its heart and has been generous in donating clothes for adults and children, toys, bedding, mattresses, food and toiletries, for people who genuinely have evacuated due to bushfires or have lost their homes.

Coles in Wingham has also donated food and toiletries.

There has even been the offer of two campervans, one of which is now being used by a young family from Bobin who lost everything in bushfires. The Show Society is allowing the family to stay on the premises until they find a more permanent home.

Animals are also welcome at the showground. Currently some horses are being temporarily housed in the stalls while some pigs that were evacuated were also catered for. Local Land Services is donating hay for evacuated animals.

Wingham Showground is at Gloucester Road across the road from Wingham Beef Exports.

Some of the mattresses and bedding donated for the use of fire affected families.

Some of the mattresses and bedding donated for the use of fire affected families.