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Let's help: Smoke from the Australian bushfires shrouds the Remarkables on New Year's Day. PICTURE: PAUL BONNER

A Queenstown couple’s donated $10,000 for Australian bushfire relief.

Tonnie and Erna Spijkerbosch, who own Queenstown Holiday Park & Motels Creeksyde, announced the donation to Queenstown Lions, for distribution to the Australian Lions Club Bushfire Appeal, this afternoon.

It comes as details of an eight-hour concert, being held next Sunday, are announced – its organiser, local muso Shay Muddle, hopes to raise another $10,000 for the cause.

The Wakatipu Waiata for Australia’s being held on Queenstown’s Rec Ground where two stages will be set up for a bunch of DJs, bands and soloists who’ll keep playing from 11am till 7pm on January 19.

A fundraising auction’s also in the works to help raise as much money as possible for our Australian neighbours.

Muddle: “What’s happening across the ditch is absolutely devastating and with Queenstown’s close relationship with our Australian brothers and sisters we want to support them any way we can.”

He only started working on the idea a few days ago and already dozens of acts have confirmed they’ll play.

“If you’re a local or visitor here for the Gibbston Valley concert, bring your family, mates and loved ones down on Sunday, enjoy a day of awesome free music and positive vibes as we send aroha and hopefully a big cheque over the Tasman to help out the people and animals affected by the bushfires’.

Muddle says all the money raised will be distributed to established bushfire relief charities by Lions Queenstown in conjunction with Lions Australia.

He’s encouraging people to get to the park early to secure their spot, dress in green and gold – or buy a special fundraising t-shirt on the day – and bring some cash to donate.

Eftpos and online banking facilities will also be available.

If the weather decides not to come to the party, it’ll be moved to the Queenstown Memorial Hall.

Meanwhile, any businesses wanting to donate items for the charity auction – with a minimum value of $150 – can email rikvandijk@mediaworks.co.nz or kat@jucyworld.com

tracey.roxburgh@scene.co.nz