'You're a legend': Woolworths manager praised for thoughtful act amid bushfire threat

A Woolworths manager has been praised for his “Aussie spirit” amid the devastating bushfire crisis in NSW.

A local gave a shout out to the manager – known only as Allen – from Woolworths in Vincentia Marketplace for helping load up a ute with supplies to help bushfire victims in the area.

“All thanks to Allen and his team,” Kieran Smyth posted on Facebook.

“Allen couldn’t have been happier to throw in more water and baby needs as we got word there are infants with no access to formula or nappies.

“The Aussie spirit couldn’t be more alive.”

A Woolworths manager helped Shoalhaven locals load up a ute with water and baby supplies.
A Woolworths manager helped Shoalhaven locals load up a ute with water and baby supplies. Source: Facebook/Kieran Smyth

Many people commented on the post, praising the manager and his employees.

“You’re a legend,” one said.

“You guys are amazing,” another commented.

A Woolworths spokesperson told Yahoo News Australia it was just one of many examples of team members who had gone above and beyond to support their local community.

“We’d like to thank them for their continuous work in not only keeping our stores operating in impacted regions to ensure the local community has food and water, but their ongoing support to those in need, as well as our partners The Salvation Army in the evacuation centres and also local rural fire services crew.

“Many of our team have themselves been directly impacted by the fires and we continue to provide them with ongoing support.”

Heightened level of threat in Shoalhaven

Currently there is a heightened level of threat in Shoalhaven. The RFS says the Currowan fire is out of control and about 260,000 hectares are burning.

A watch and act is in place, meaning residents should be aware of the developing situation, prepare their homes and be ready to activate their bushfire action plan.

Eight people have died in NSW bushfires since Monday, taking the death toll since July to a total of 16. That includes three bushfires.

Pictured are flames from the Currowan fire near Termiel at night.
The Currowan fire near Termeil on the Princes Highway between Bateman's Bay and Ulladulla south of Sydney. Source: AAP

At least 449 homes have been destroyed on the south coast since New Year’s Eve.

The number is expected to increase as people return to their properties.

Some 1365 homes and 2339 outbuildings, such as sheds, have been confirmed destroyed across NSW since July.

All of NSW is subject to a state of emergency due to expire next Friday.

Total fire bans are in place from Friday and numerous regions across the state have a "very high" fire danger rating.

People near Batlow in the state's south have been told to leave their properties while holidaymakers in the alps and between Nowra and the Victorian border should be out by Friday night.

With AAP

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