Clean up gets underway

Jindabyne Central School students helping to clean up broken branches after last week's destructive windstorm.

Jindabyne Central School students helping to clean up broken branches after last week's destructive windstorm.

A LOCAL building company has come to the aid of Jindabyne Central School (JCS) as wild winds ripped off roofing and destroyed property during last week's storms.

Andrew Fairfield-Smith was in town at lunchtime on Friday when he saw trees at JCS fallen to the ground, branches torn off and roofing being blown away.

Mr Fairfield-Smith phoned JCS deputy principal Sheena Perry to ask if she could use a helping hand to secure the loose roofing and clean up the debris spread across the school grounds from the week of destructive winds.

It was an offer a grateful Ms Perry jumped at as she was concerned for students' safety, the school groundsman was run off his feet and extra departmental help was still days away.

Mr Fairfield-Smith is an owner of Fairidge construction and immediately sent workers, at his own expense, to school to begin battening down the roofing, cutting up the fallen trees and repairing other damage.

"They got up on the roof in the wind and snow, it was slippery and they repaired the roof, cut up trees and took loads of debris to the dump," Ms Perry said.

"The school community is so grateful - how do we thank them properly?"

Earlier this week, JCS students joined in the clean-up effort to ensure their school grounds were safe.

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