AUSTRALIA – The Marshall Liberal Government has established a new emergency relief fund to help people directly affected by the devastating Cudlee Creek bushfire – pledging $1 million to kick-start the donation drive.
And, South Australians are being encouraged to give generously to the South Australia Cudlee Creek Fire Appeal.
The State Emergency Relief Fund (SERF) has been activated following a formal declaration of the Cudlee Creek fire as a declared emergency by the Governor late yesterday.
The fund – to be managed by a five-member committee – will accept and distribute financial donations to the families and businesses who have lost their homes and livelihoods in the wake of the tragedy.
The committee, comprised of four State Government employees and one community member, will manage the fund and ensure public donations are distributed appropriately and fairly.
Premier Steven Marshall said the Government commitment would build on the outpouring of community support which has already occurred.
“The Government is pleased to be able to provide $1 million to kick-start the relief fund, which will go some way in helping Hills communities start rebuilding their lives,” said Premier Marshall.
“We know South Australians give generously in tough times and we’re encouraging South Australian businesses and community members to consider making a donation.
“Every little bit helps – no matter how big or small.
“The loss of property and land across the state has been immense and in the coming months, the community can use financial donations to help rebuild and get back on their feet.”
There are four ways to donate to the SERF:
* Electronic funds transfer to the State Emergency Relief Fund, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, BSB 065 266, Account 10020160, Description must state ‘donation’
* Credit card – visit the State Emergency Relief Fund BPoint payment website at bpoint.com.au/payments/serf or dial 1300 276 468 (1300 BPOINT) and enter biller code 1002359
* Cash – go into any branch of the Commonwealth Bank and donate over the counter giving the details: BSB 065 266, Account 10020160
* Cheque – send to State Emergency Relief Fund, Donations, QA Finance, GPO Box 292, Adelaide SA 5001
For more information about current grants and to stay up to date with the latest recovery information, visit www.dhs.sa.gov.au/recovery