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Coopernook Op Shop honoured!

Congratulations to Coopernook Op Shop for the following notice entered into Hansard (the record of proceedings of the NSW Parliament) on 19th November 2021 by the Hon. Leslie Williams MP.

'That this House:

(1) Congratulates the iconic Coopernook Op Shop for celebrating its fourth annual anniversary since opening in September 2017

(2) Applauds Shop Co-ordinator, Elaine Windred, and her marvellous team of dedicated vounteers, for their outstanding efforts in co-ordinating and managing a well-run organisation, which supports some wonderful charities, including MNC Kairos Prison Ministry, Koalas in Care Taree, and vulnerable people in need.

(3) Notes that the Coopernook Op Shop acted as a place of safety during the March 2021 floods, providing aid and housing for stranded travellers.'

Congratulations and applause warmly seconded! Well done, Elaine and the team!

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Orange Sky Laundry comes to Coopernook

Since September 2021, Orange Sky Laundry have been setting up their mobile laundry van at Coopernook Uniting Church and Op Shop, every Thursday from 11 noon to 2.00pm, offering free wash-and-dry services – along with a cuppa and a chat – to those who need them. We hope this will be good news for the homeless in the area – as well as for those who still haven't got their laundries 'up and running' after the floods.

Thanks to the wonderful folk at Orange Sky - who can also be found at Manning Uniting Church (outside the Red Dove Cafe) every Friday morning from 10.00am to 12 noon.

A beautiful gift from Black Head

Warmest thanks to the thoughtful and talented ladies of the Black Head Quilters' Group, who have donated some gorgeous, handmade quilts for the Disaster Recovery Chaplaincy and our work with the homeless. A perfect illustration of the way life's scraps and oddments – brought together with love and care – can make something truly beautiful. One of the quilts was donated as a raffle prize at Burrell Creek's recent Community Get-Together – a gift from one bushfire-recovering community to another – and the others were given to those who needed the warmth (and Warmth)...

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Sub–sidised!

We regularly take a selection of healthy Subway rolls on chaplaincy visits to homeless and flood-affected communities. On one week in October, however, the subs were on Subway – as Rev. Claire's business card was drawn on of the 'hat' for Subway's monthly draw. A mouth-watering Subway platter found its way to various hungry people. Thanks to Megan and the Staff at Taree Subway for always finding time to make, wrap and mark a big box of rolls each week. Much appreciated!

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Street libraries

For those looking to read their way – safely and affordably – through the rainy season, we've launched two Street Libraries: one in central Taree and one in Coopernook. Look for the Big Red Fridges for an ever-changing read. (NOT just The Good Book!)

  • Manning Uniting Ministry Centre (outside the Red Dove Cafe), Albert Street, Taree

  • Coopernook Uniting Church Op Shop, Petrie Street, Coopernook

More Big Red Fridges will hopefully be popping up in other locations, too. (If your communities needs a Street Library – let us know, and we'll see what we can do!)

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Flood recovery support

Mid Coast Council has been hosting a series of online 'roadshows' for those seeking flood recovery support, and a number of social BBQ events for recovering communities. Rev. Claire has been providing chaplaincy for many of these events. It has been a privilege to hear stories from hard-hit communities, and to witness their spirit and resilience as the journey of recovery continues.

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