Nicholas O’Keefe from the Robinson River community says his entire town was evacuated as the biggest storm in his lifetime was approaching.
He spoke to us after they’d spent nearly a week in the Marrara evacuation centre.
“We are lucky we moved when we did. It’s a big mess back home,” he says. “It’s OK here. I’m happy here. The community is feeling OK. Some are a bit worried about going home. But it’s better to be here. We don’t know if we have houses or we can drink the water.
“You guys are so much help. We get a lot of respect. Thank you for everything – food, boots, helping with the kids and their school, security when we sleep. We want to thank you guys for everything.”
Even though the centre has been full of people from different clans, Nicholas says everyone is getting on well.
“We are all together. We have all been through the same thing. That brings us together.”