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Properties rally to help victims

Tuesday, 8th December, 2015

Pixie Moses’ parents’ property, Grace Plains, was reduced to ruins in the Pinery bushfires at the end of last month. Pixie Moses’ parents’ property, Grace Plains, was reduced to ruins in the Pinery bushfires at the end of last month.

By Erica Visser

When Pixie Moses’ parents lost everything in the devastating Pinery bushfires a fortnight ago her first instinct was to help with recovery efforts in any way she could. 

The station where Pixie grew up, Grace Plains, is halfway between Mallala and Balaklava, a region heavily hit by the fast-paced fire that destroyed 87 homes. 

Now living at Mount Westwood station, 140km north of Broken Hill, the young woman rallied support from surrounding properties as well as two local businesses.

Several people posted supplies directly to her parents, Peter and Trisha Springbett, and Pixie also travelled to the site on Friday with a carload full of donated loaves of bread and water to give to the community. 

Woolworths had offered two crates of bread and two slabs of water, while Bakers Delight had given her all of their remaining stock from the previous day. 

“My folks lost everything - the house, sheep, their cars. It was a mess. I didn’t know what I could do,” she said yesterday.

“I just knew people would need food. I took it to the emergency centre and they actually couldn’t believe that I was bringing down food when my family were one of the victims.

“The lady there was my old school bus driver and she was crying, saying she couldn’t believe how much stuff was coming in.”

Fortunately, the Springbetts were able to move in with their daughter, Pixie’s sister, at a nearby property and it was expected that efforts to rebuild what they had lost will take an entire year.

“Mum grabbed a few photos and the computer but that’s all there was time for. The fire came in 15 minutes after she left,” Pixie said. “Everything else is gone.”

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