Council to coordinate offers of help for backpackers

Burdekin Shire Council will coordinate community offers of help for the Home Hill backpackers.

Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said the volume of offers was overwhelming and some coordination was needed to ensure none were forgotten or overlooked.

“If residents want to offer help to the Home Hill backpackers we are asking that they send an email with details of their offer, their name and contact number and Council will then pass it on,” she said.

“This will ease the load on those in Home Hill and establish one point of contact.”

Cr McLaughlin said there were many in the community asking how they could donate to the families of the backpackers who had tragically died as a result of the incident last week.

“Council is in the process of establishing a bank account, which will be administered by Council, to collect funds for the families of Mia Ayliffe-Chung and Tom Jackson,” she said.

“Once we have all the legal documentation sorted we will advise the community of the bank details.

“This account will be open for six months and then we will disperse the funds equally to Mia and Tom’s families.”

Send your offers of help to and please include your name, details of the offer and best contact number.

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