After the flood

July 22, 2022
By Ioni Doherty

Following the unprecedented floods in the Broke Fordwich wine region earlier this month, many businesses are just re-opening.

The flood of July 6 was the worst flood in the 198-year history of the village, devastating the township and its people, with over 50 houses having been severely impacted by the disaster.

Local businesses, including winery cellar doors, restaurants and accommodation, are urging people to show support and visit the region this weekend and in coming weeks.

Local winemaker and businessman, Andrew Margan, who with wife Lisa runs Margan Estate, has been severely impacted by the damage and is asking for support:

“The community of Broke, government bodies, and all of the people who have been on the ground helping to try and put our wonderful community back together again can only do so much.”

“We urge people to come and visit the cellar doors and restaurants, buy wines online or in retail outlets.  We are also asking for donations via our community GOFUND ME with 100% of funds going directly to those left without homes and insurance policies that don’t cover flood damage.”

The Broke Disaster Relief team are working in partnership with Resilience NSW to raise much needed funds for flood affected families.

How can you help?

1. Please donate physical items, money, time and services through Givit.org You can also purchase vouchers that affected residents can use to buy necessities.

Visit the GIVIT link for current needs in the Broke Fordwich region, see HERE.

2. Make donations through our Go Fund Me page ‘Broke Region Flood Relief’, see HERE.

All proceeds go directly to the Broke Residents Community Association who are working closely with flood affected families to identify and meet immediate needs.

3. You can share our appeal with your friends, family and community.

#goforbrokewines | @brokefordwich @huntervalley

Learn more about Broke HERE, via a Hunter Valley Wine & Tourism Association video.

Buy wine here: https://www.winecountry.com.au/wine/buy-hunter-valley-wines

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