Minderoo Foundation has today announced an additional contribution of $1.5 million to help communities affected by the Queensland and New South Wales flood disaster.
Working in partnership with Disaster Relief Australia, Lifeline Australia, Orange Sky and The Salvation Army, the funds will support a combination of relief for people and communities affected by the floods as well as resilience projects to help at-risk communities be better prepared for future disasters.
Minderoo Foundation Fire and Flood Resilience lead, Adrian Turner, said it was crucial to continue to support communities with urgent relief and to build back stronger.
“Disasters such as these are unfortunately an increasing part of our lives. Together with our incredible partners, we are committed to helping communities and to being part of the solution to reduce the harm that these disasters have,” said Mr Turner.
Disaster Relief Australia CEO, Geoff Evans, said the organisation’s teams on the ground in flood-affected areas have witnessed unbelievable resilience in communities who are grappling with the impact of multiple disasters.
“Australian communities are reeling from emotional and economic devastation. It is heartening to witness members of the Minderoo Foundation Fire and Flood Resilience initiative stand shoulder to shoulder in bringing help and hope,” said Mr Evans.
Lifeline Queensland General Manager, Luke Lindsay, said his team had been out in the hardest hit areas delivering crisis support to communities as they begin the long road to recovery.
“The Minderoo grant will ensure we can deliver crisis support services and our community recovery programs to people where they need it, when they need it,” said Mr Lindsay.
“We’ll be there to deliver immediate help as well as maintaining a crisis response presence in those communities which require longer term support.”
Orange Sky Co-Founder Nicholas Marchesi said the organisation had deployed laundry vans and volunteer teams to flood affected areas across northern New South Wales and south-east Queensland to provide free laundry services, with 2,400 loads of laundry completed since the floods began.
“Community recovery is an important part of the Orange Sky service. With this incredibly generous contribution from Minderoo Foundation, Orange Sky will be able to continue to support flood-affected communities for many months to come. We will be there standing side-by-side those impacted as they commence the journey to rebuilding their lives and businesses,” said Mr Marchesi.
The Salvation Army Public Relations Secretary QLD, Simon Gregory, said supporting people now and in the long-term was crucial.
“The Salvation Army sincerely thanks the Minderoo Foundation for their generous donation. These funds will help us provide more support to more people affected by the recent floods, while also building our capacity to respond faster to future natural disasters.”
Specifically, Minderoo Foundation’s contribution will enable our partners to provide the following support:
Members of the Minderoo Foundation Fire and Flood Resilience initiative have been on the ground in both south-east Queensland and northern New South Wales working with a range of support agencies to assess what further assistance Minderoo can provide.
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