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The Coffs Coast Advocate

FLOWERS, plants and fruit from the green cornucopia of the North Coast will raise money to help bushfire victims next week.

Nurseryman Geoff Smith of Emerald Beach, a former Melburnian, has put his shoulder to the wheel to organise a green fundraiser for victims of last weekend's fiery inferno and he is calling on fellow nurserymen, growers and members of the public to support him.

The Woolgoolga Lions Club; Palms Shopping, Coffs Coast Advocate; Bendigo Bank and Coffs Harbour City Council's Streets Ahead staff are supporting the Victorian Bushfire Appeal sale on February 20 and 21 at Palms Shopping.

Palms Shopping management are providing a vacant shop for the sale which will run for two full days from 8am on Friday to the close of business on Saturday. “We will take anything that is new and saleable,” Geoff Smith said.

He is donating stock from his own nursery, including the bromeliads he specialises in, and Brindleys Nursery is also donating $2000 worth of plants.

Corindi's Berry Exchange has promised 20 trays of punnets of blueberries and local growers are also donating bananas.

Bendigo Bank are providing scrutineers for the sale and Woolgoolga Lions club members are providing insurance cover and volunteers while Geoff Smith said there would be experienced nursery staff on hand to provide advice. Geoff, who can be found selling his plants at the Thursday Growers Markets in the city centre, helped to raise many thousands of dollars in Melbourne for victims of previous bushfires and is hoping for plenty of support for next week's initiative.

He can be contacted on 6656 1902.

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