- Tuesday 10 February 2009
The Sunshine Coast Regional Council will donate $100,000 to assist communities devastated by the Victorian bushfires and flooding in North Queensland.
Council has agreed to allocate $80,000 to bushfire victims and $20,000 to flood-affected towns.
Mayor Bob Abbot described the weekend fires, which have claimed at least 108 lives, as a national tragedy.
Cr Abbot said the Sunshine Coast was home to many former Victorians who would be particularly distressed by the scenes of destruction and concerned for the wellbeing of friends and family.
He said Australians were always prepared to lend a hand in times of adversity and Council wanted to act as quickly as possible.
“No one could look at those images of devastation and see the pain being experienced by those communities and not be affected,” Cr Abbot said.
“We extend our deepest sympathies to those who have lost loved ones in this tragedy.
“The terrible loss of life and property has shocked us all and the Council stands ready to do all that we can to assist.
“We will consider other ways we might be able to help those communities through council to council relationships and providing equipment and resources if required, but we feel an immediate cash donation is appropriate at this time.”
As fires were raging in southern states, nature was continuing to wreak havoc in North Queensland where a number of communities have been isolated by floodwaters.
Cr Abbot said it was important that those affected in the north were not forgotten while the eyes of the nation were on Victoria.
“For that reason we have decided to donate $20,000 to assist flood victims in North Queensland, many of whom will be feeling the effects for some time to come.”