I first heard of the SALT group when three tradeswomen arrived in Lighting Ridge November 2014 for one week as part of the Drought helping tour by Outback Links. Three of the most dedicated painters set about painting a farmers house in 40 + heat. The job in its self was enormous let alone the extreme heat conditions. Half the outside of the house was painted and the seed was planted between the Lightning Ridge farming community and SALT In the past 18 months SALT has returned to tackle an unbelievable range of jobs. Painting rooms, verandas, bathrooms and the exterior of homes- many that have never seen a new coat of paint in 60 years.
Included in the SALT teams, carpenters and plumbing teams of volunteers have put their hearts into some amazing feats. Adding rooms to homes, replacing shearing shed floors, swinging doors, putting hand rails along paths for personal safety. A SALT plumber worked on small to major jobs from tap washers to replacing toilets and fixing leaking pipes under homes. One SALT member even laid 18 sq meters of pavers. Words cannot convey the positive impact the SALT group have had had in a community which is under enormous financial, mental and physical pressure after a drought that has lasted over 3 years. Not only have we had many jobs professionally completed but we have made friendships that will continue well past this drought.
Marianne Spooner. Lightning Ridge.