• Mullaley locals meet some of Council's lifeguards and Cr Candy Bingham and Cr Penny Philpott 

Thursday, 9 January 2020

Life has been brutal for Hubert D'Hudson and his fellow Mullaley residents for some time due to their drought-affected farms.

So when they were offered a few days of sun and surf at Manly Beach earlier this week thanks to Northern Beaches Council, the outcome was always going to be yes.

"It has been very ordinary at home, this trip came at the right time,'' Mr D'Hudson said.

"We got the phone call on Monday and jumped in the car pretty much straight away.

"The kids are loving it, which is great to see."

A total of 21 adults and children from Mullaley, almost 40km west of Gunnedah, are staying in Manly until Sunday.

The Northern Beaches community has generously helped out, with Council, Royal Far West and a number of local businesses ensuring our 'adopted locals' will be kept busy.

Already they have grasped the importance of ocean surf skills, learnt to surf, enjoyed the Manly Surf n Slide and on Friday will give sailing a crack at the Manly Yacht Club.

Popular pubs Hotel Steyne, the Ivanhoe Hotel, New Brighton Bar and Manly Wharf Hotel have generously donated food and drink vouchers for the Mullaley folk to enjoy over the next few days.

Councillor Candy Bingham welcomed the group to Manly on Thursday, and anticipates they will all 'have a terrific time' before returning home.


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