3 February, 2024

Flood appeal for Degarra folk raises $20,000

BUSINESSES across the Douglas shire, led by The Tin Shed Port Douglas, have come together to support the devastated community of Degarra with a flood appeal that has fundraised over $20,000 to help its residents get a new start.

By Isabella Guzman Gonzalez

Flood appeal for Degarra folk raises $20,000 - feature photo

As residents of the small community of Degarra continue to be in dire conditions after Cyclone Jasper, The Tin Shed decided to call on businesses and support the community, launching a flood appeal that has garnered the backing of Mossman Bowls Club, Great Northern Brewing Company, Treasury Wine Estates and more.

“We’re roughly at $22,000 but I’m still waiting on some businesses to get back to me with what they’ve been able to fundraise,” said Tin Shed’s general manager Kyle Livingston.

“We just want to raise as much as possible as quick as possible so we can distribute what we can to that area,” he said.

“Right now, we’re trying to get Harvey Norman on board to be able to provide the community with white goods that will be essential when the recovery starts. We just want to do what we can for the community.”

Partnering with the bowls club, the two organisations held a Bowl for Degarra event at the club last Friday, with giveaways, raffles and a main prize draw that raised $3300 for the appeal.

“Kyle Livingston emailed me proposing to do a bowling event to raise funds and we organised in a week,” said bowls club president Greg Potter.

“We know that bowls can be a good way to raise money, so we had raffles, donations from Mossman Meat House and Mossman Boat and Fishing Club to raffle off. We had about 30 people bowling and another 30-40 in the club buying tickets for the raffles and we raised $3300.

“We’ve been using our grants and raising funds to support the communities affected by the floods as much as we can so it’s excellent that we were able to do this.” Mr Livingston said the appeal would probably close at the end of next week. 

To support the appeal contact Kyle Livingston at or phone the Tin Shed.


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