Like many in our community I have been keeping a close eye on the daily developments relating to Bella Vista. I have had a number of those impacted by the issue contact me, and I really sympathise with the situation they are in.
The lives of 21 local families turned upside down, out of the blue, through no fault of their own. This is peoples, families, and livelihoods we are talking about.
While I have assisted when asked for support, unfortunately there is very little I can do to advance their cause other than offer support, keep close to the process, and quietly and consistently make council aware of my view of the matter – that we need to resolve, remediate, and then have a conversation about liability.
I’ve been reading through Neighbourly and a Facebook group set up to support those impacted – the Bella Vista Evacuees Support Group – and have to say I’ve been amazed by the genuine outpouring of kind gestures and offers of accommodation, meals, or even just someone to talk to. We really do have some good sorts in our community – something we should highlight more often in my view. If you’d like to offer any support, these groups may be good places to start.
As always, I look forward to seeing you all out and about in the community this weekend.