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Hunter Valley businesses launch flood appeal ahead of reopening this weekend

Many businesses in the Broke Fordwich wine region are set to reopen this weekend following unprecedented flooding in the area.

The flood of 6 July was the worst flood ever seen in the 198-year history of the village. The rising waters devastated the township and its people, with over 50 houses severely impacted by the disaster.

This weekend business owners, including local winemaker and businessman, Andrew Margan, are urging people to come and visit the cellar doors and restaurants, buy wines online or in retail outlets and get behind a special #goforbrokewines campaign.

“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,” Andrew Margan, who with his wife Lisa runs Margan Estate, said.

“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 GOFUNDME 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.

Check out details on how you can help below.


HOW YOU CAN HELP

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

2) Make donations through the Go Fund Me page ‘Broke Region Flood Relief’. All proceeds go directly to the Broke Residents Community Association which is working closely with flood-affected families to identify and meet immediate needs.

3) You can share the appeal with your friends, family and community using the hashtag #goforbrokewines and mentioning @brokefordwich and @huntervalley in your social media posts.


Visitors to the region this weekend have been asked to be mindful that the actual township of Broke is accessible to residents only and to note that while access to Broke is unaffected from Pokolbin via Cessnock Road, the road from Singleton to Broke is damaged and closed until further notice.

Guests travelling from Singleton can access Broke via Hermitage Road Pokolbin and also via Bulga and Milbrodale Road.

You can plan your trip to broke by visiting brokefordwich.com.au and If you can’t make it this weekend you can always jump online and purchase Hunter Vally wines at winecountry.com.au/wine/buy-hunter-valley-wines.