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It’s a germ of an idea that is flourishing

LENDING A HAND: Graham Mitchell is collecting plants, seeds and cuttings to donate to Bundaberg flood victims. Photo: Louise Cheer / South Burnett Times
LENDING A HAND: Graham Mitchell is collecting plants, seeds and cuttings to donate to Bundaberg flood victims. Photo: Louise Cheer / South Burnett Times Louise Cheer

THE seed has been planted.

South Burnett residents are being asked to donate plants, cuttings and seeds for Bundaberg flood victims.

And so far the response has been overwhelming, says organiser Graham Mitchell from Wondai. Mr Mitchell said he was receiving calls from all over Queensland.

"Originally I was going to start collecting here at Dimities Cottage, but then so many people said they'd help," he said.

"So now I've been taking phone numbers and I'll call people when we're ready to collect and take them up."

Mr Mitchell said the idea came to him while he was watching the Bundaberg flood coverage.

"We chose Bundaberg because they've been on the news a lot and the coverage is devastating," he said.

"A lot of places have been flooded but the speed of how Bundaberg went under was just astonishing.

"The Bundaberg Garden Club comes down and has lunch here so I thought why not support those who have supported me.

"When everybody has put their cuttings, seeds and plants in for three to four months, Bundaberg residents will be ready to re-establish their gardens."

And if Mr Mitchell collects enough plants, the North Burnett could benefit from the region's generosity.

"We could even take plants to Gayndah and Mundubbera if it continues going the way it is," he said.

For more information or to donate, phone 41685744.

South Burnett

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