Statement by Chris Whiting MP on the Bushfire Emergency
Queensland’s unprecedented heatwave and bushfire emergency has now entered its second week.
I am calling on locals to come together and show their generosity by donating to help those in communities affected by the bushfires.
The impact of these fires is heartbreaking, with massive parts of our state blackened and burnt, with properties reduced to ruin.
With many thousands of families have been affected, in these weeks just before Christmas, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has launched the drive to provide a helping hand.
Numerous charities including GIVIT, the Red Cross, the Salvos, UnitingCare and Vinnies have answered the call. They have all committed to ensuring that every dollar goes where it is needed.
As it is not safe for volunteers to enter the disaster zone to help out, the best thing to do to help at the moment is to donate money.
Money has the double benefit of being able to get where it is needed easily, and also to support local businesses.
I would also like to pay tribute to our hardworking emergency service workers and volunteers who have bravely been at the frontline of this battle for days and days.
During this festive season I encourage everyone to dig deep and help out our fellow Queenslanders.
Visit: www.qld.gov.au/emergency/emergencies-services/help-disaster to donate.
How can I help?
There are many ways that you can support individuals, families and organisations affected by natural disasters, such as bushfires or floods. You can:
Registered charities are trained to respond to the needs of communities hit by natural disasters and can provide food, equipment, shelter, and other support right where it is needed.
If you wish to give to a charity raising funds to assist regions effected, please consider giving a monetary donation online or by phone. Leading charities raising funds to help communities include:
- Australian Red Cross Society
- The Salvation Army — 13 SALVOS (13 72 58)
- St Vincent de Paul Society of Queensland — 07 3010 1002
- UnitingCare Community — 1800 001 953
Donate goods and services
If you have goods you would like to donate, or want to see what is needed in the disaster affected communities, visit GIVIT where you can donate items directly to affected individuals, families and communities. GIVIT is an online service that lets you see what is needed and urgently required in your community and connects you to trusted charities.
Alternatively, you may want to get in touch with a charity directly. Contact your local council for more information about charities and community organisations in your area.
Corporate donations of goods and services
The best way you can help is to check on the safety of your loved ones, neighbours and friends and help them however you can.
If you are interested in volunteering your time to assist communities affected by a disaster, you can register or update your details at Emergency Volunteering. Or calling Volunteering Queensland on the free phone number 1800 994 100.
Whether you volunteer on the frontline or behind the scenes, you can help Queenslanders and communities most in need.
Other ways to help charities
If you are not in a position to make a cash donation, there are a number of ways you may be able to assist, such as:
- linking up with a local charity and assisting with their fundraising campaigns
- holding a social event with your friends to donate proceeds to a charity
- holding a garage sale and donating proceeds to a charity.
Local charities will gladly accept funds raised to assist those affected by natural disasters.
Offer your services for a fee
If you are a licensed contractor wanting to accept work from consumers affected by natural disasters, you should register with the Queensland Building and Construction Commission's Find a Local Contractor directory. This directory helps home owners to locate and contact licensed contractors in their local area.
You can only register for this if you are also registered with QBCC Online Services. You can do this at the QBCC website or by phoning the QBCC for assistance on 1300 272 272.