The ongoing flood disaster in Queensland has affected over 200,000 people and the floods cover an area larger than France and Germany combined. The districts of Longreach, Dalby, Gladstone, Bundaberg, Rockhampton and Roma have been declared disaster situations due to the flooding.
Members and others wishing to make tax deductible donations to relief for flood victims can do so via the Premier’s Flood Relief Appeal. Donations can also be made in person via a number of outlets including the Commonwealth Bank, NAB, Westpac, ANZ and Coles supermarkets.
The Flood Relief Appeal website also contains information on community services and other types of assistance available for victims, including information on health and safety issues which may arise as a result of the flooding.
Please note that Private Ancillary Funds and Public Ancillary Funds will be unable to donate to the Premier’s Flood Relief Appeal, as that fund is a Public Ancillary Fund (item 2 DGR). We suggest that both Private and Public Ancillary Funds wishing to donate to the flood relief contact the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal, or contact Philanthropy Australia to discuss options.
The Red Cross, which will be managing the distribution of the donated funds on behalf of the Queensland Government, also has an information page which includes links to their National Registration and Inquiry System, a means for people to let family and friends know they are safe and well during emergencies.
The Australian Taxation Office also has a page of information for those wishing to donate to flood relief at: http://www.ato.gov.au/nonprofit/content.asp?doc=/content/00266679.htm.
Jan. 10, 2011
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