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Community rolls up its sleeves for tornado victim

HELP AT HAND: Michael McPhee of Rosewood in front of his property damaged by the freak storm that struck the area on Saturday night.
HELP AT HAND: Michael McPhee of Rosewood in front of his property damaged by the freak storm that struck the area on Saturday night. David Nielsen

TRUE community spirit will come to the fore when a working bee is held on Sunday to support the McPhee family, whose Rosewood home was devastated by a tornado.

More than 50 friends and family of Michael and Maureen McPhee, and members of the local community, will help at a working bee from 7am to clean up the damage to their property caused by the tornado that hit with devastating effect last Saturday night. Daughter-in-law Nicole McPhee said the family appreciated the support.

"When you live in places like Rosewood and Mt Walker everybody knows everybody else, so the support that Michael and Maureen have received has been enormous from friends, family and even from people not in the local area who have known them for years," she said.

Michael's positive outlook throughout the whole ordeal has been an inspiration

"He is very calm...and a real leader of the family," Nicole said.

"He has made it easier for the whole family to accept that this has happened and that it is time to move on and see the positives. The whole family is like that. They always try and see the positive in everything.

"It shows your true character when you have to go through these times. And I think this will make all of our families more aware to get out in the community when this happens to other families."

The clean-up involves painstakingly moving from paddock to paddock removing glass and tin debris strewn across the ground.

"We now have a skip bin that Rosewood councillor David Pahlke has provided for us," Nicole said.

Cr Pahlke said the working bee was a great example of the community spirit in his division.

Those joining the working bee will bring chainsaws, shovels, wheelbarrows and other tools needed for the clean-up. All are welcome and there will be a sausage sizzle at 11.30am. People are encouraged to being lots of water and to be sun smart. The cleanup is at 261 Hallam Rd, Rosewood.

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