Lismore Bishop Greg Homeming OCD has launched an appeal to help people in the north coast New South Wales diocese who were affected by heavy rainfall and flooding last month.
Persistent, heavy rainfall fell from March 16 to March 23 in NSW. The Australian Bureau of Meteorology reported that the storm brought record rainfall in the north coast, with towns near Port Macquarie, such as Kendall, seeing record rainfall of more than 400 mm between March 19 and 20.
In a video message launching the appeal, Bishop Homeming said the losses from the floods had been “quite significant for so many people”. In recent years, the diocese has come up with practical ways to support parishioners affected by fire and flood.
“In the Lismore 2017 floods, we found a way to provide mattresses for everyone who lost a mattress,” Bishop Homeming said.
“In the 2019 fires, we found a way to distribute financial assistance to those who had lost their dwellings in the fires … But I must now turn my mind to how I can continue to help farmers and help many people who lived in caravan parks or had houses along the river which have been totally devastated.”
Lismore Diocese has already contributed $10,000 towards hay for flood-affected farmers.
Bishop Homeming said none of the money raised in the flood appeal will go towards administration costs but would directly help those in need.
Lismore Diocese Flood Appeal (Lismore Diocese)