PNG / Australia — The Papua New Guinea government, usually the recipient of aid money from Canberra, has donated $500,000 for victims of this summer’s bushfires in Western Australia.
PNG’s Foreign Affairs and Trade Minister Don Polye visited Perth on Friday to present a cheque to the state’s Emergency Services Minister Rob Johnson.
Mr Johnson said the money would be given to the Perth Lord Mayor’s Distress Relief Fund’s bushfire appeal and will be distributed to affected residents across the state.
WA’s worst bushfire of the season struck on February 6, destroying 71 homes in the Perth Hills and damaging another 39.
Mr Johnson said Sam Abal, while he was recently acting PNG prime minister, wrote to the WA government expressing his sympathy for residents who lost their properties in the bushfires and offered financial help.
“I am certain this kind contribution by our northern neighbours will be welcomed by the WA community and assist those who are rebuilding their lives.”