Queensland councils support fires funds effort
The Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) has today announced it is donating $77,000 to support communities across Queensland and the southern states devasted by bushfires.
LGAQ President and Sunshine Coast Council Mayor Mark Jamieson said the LGAQ donation represents $1,000 for and on behalf of each of Queensland's 77 local councils.
“Queenslanders are all too familiar with the ravages of natural disaster and their ongoing impacts on communities – just as we are familiar with the generosity and goodwill for which Australians are renowned,” Mayor Jamieson said.
“Some of our councils and their communities are currently recovering from very serious fires over the last couple of months, and our hearts and prayers are also with our southern neighbours, as they face this devastating and continually unfolding national tragedy. Queensland councils and our communities stand ready to help in whatever way we can.
“As the level of government closest to the community, many councils are responding to growing numbers of requests from residents and organisations seeking advice on how they might assist.”
Disastrous bushfires have burnt through millions of hectares across the country this season, destroying at least 1,700 homes - mainly in regional communities - and claiming more than 20 lives.
The LGAQ donation will be shared among Red Cross, Lifeline Queensland, the Salvation Army and St Vincent de Paul Society Queensland – all recognised for their national focus and ‘on the ground’ work in affected communities – and the RSPCA and WIRES, in light of the tragic numbers of injured native animals requiring urgent treatment.
“We hope this donation helps these organisations with their tremendous emergency responses, and also as they begin the long process of helping get communities back on their feet,” Mayor Jamieson said.
“In addition, we will continue liaising with the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) and through appropriate emergency services agencies to see what further ways the LGAQ and Queensland councils can continue to assist with recovery efforts.”
Local Government Association of Queensland
LG House, 25 Evelyn Street, Newstead Qld 4006
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