Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt and Cairns Regional Councillor Rob Pyne are encouraging locals to chip in to help a Mount Sheridan family which is homeless after a series of fires destroyed their car and rental property.

Lyn Lemalui, her partner Kamilo Whyte and their two children aged two and four lost everything when their house at Nimrod Close and car were allegedly set alight in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Police have since charged a 36 year old Woree man with unlawful wounding, attempted arson and arson in relation to the fire.

Mr Pitt said that the recent summer of floods and cyclones saw people from Australia and around the world reach out to help Queenslanders who had lost so much.

“As a community we need to get together to help this family in their time of need,” Mr Pitt said.

“Cr Pyne and myself will each chip in $200 to start the appeal and I encourage locals to donate, no matter how small the amount.

“Donations of cash and small items such as clothing and toys can be dropped off at the Mt Sheridan Plaza centre management office.”

Mr Pitt reminded Mount Sheridan residents that they have the opportunity to meet their elected local and state representative in the same place, at the same time.

“Councillor Pyne and I will be available at Mt Sheridan Plaza the second Saturday of the month to discuss any state or local government issues residents wish to raise.

“It’s a mobile office – no appointment is necessary. We’re happy for people to just turn up and have a chat and Rob and I will see what we can do.

“Community feedback is essential if we are to effectively represent our constituents,” Mr Pitt said.

Councillor Pyne said Curtis is proving to be a consistent and considered decision maker and somebody who is not afraid to stick up for his local area.

“Working together Curtis and I have had a lot of wins for the area and hopefully through mobile offices like these we will be able to fix even more problems,” Councillor Pyne said.

For more information on dates and times check the Rock News website or phone the Mulgrave Electorate office on 4056 3175.

Mr Pitt also holds regular mobile offices or street stalls in Innisfail, Babinda, Yarrabah, Edmonton, and Bentley Park.