2019 Bushfires Appeals
We have all seen the disastrous fires that have erupted, taking lives as well as destroying hundreds of homes and properties across Australia.
Rotary is once again taking the lead and looking to provide support for families in need. To this end several Rotary Districts and Clubs have established projects which are ready and able to accept donations from you.
The projects are:
|East Gippsland Rotary Fire Aid|
|South Australia Bushfire Relief|
|Queensland Bushfires Relief Appeal|
|Western Australia Bushfire Relief Project|
|Yorke Peninsula Bushfire Relief Fund|
|Macleay Valley Bushfire Relief Fund|
|Armidale & Northern Tablelands Bushfire Relief Appeal|
|Taree & Mid Coast NSW Bushfire Relief Appeal|
|Bushfire traumatized farmers in need|
|Queensland Bushfire Relief Project|
RAWCS Current Drought Projects
As we move on from the devastating drought conditions of the past few years, happily many regions in Australia are now experiencing a return to good seasons. Rotary recognizes that for many families, impacted by the extreme conditions of 2017-2019, financial recovery will take many years and that not all regions are entirely free of drought.
The Federal Government also understands this and as a result have partnered with RAWCS to implement the Drought Community Outreach Program (DCOP) to raise awareness of the many forms of drought relief and recovery support offered by both Government and non-Government agencies and to provide direct financial assistance in the form of $500 vouchers to eligible drought affected families.
Under the agreement, signed in June 2020, the Government has entrusted RAWCS with $7.5 million to assist with delivery of community outreach events in drought affected areas across the nation. RAWCS is collaborating with the National Recovery and Resilience Agency (NRRA) and engaging local Rotary Clubs to assist and support the events and to encourage attendance. Despite considerable disruption to the program caused by ongoing Covid restrictions, 51 community outreach events in six States were supported by Rotary in 2020-2021 and the program is continuing in 2021-22.
RAWCS has also reached drought affected families in areas where no outreach events have been held by mailing vouchers to eligible families identified through the networks of Rotary, NRRA Recovery Support Officers and the Rural Financial Counselling Service. This aspect of the DCOP will be accelerated in 2021-22 in conjunction with Rotary District Drought Committees. The DCOP is also designed to stimulate the local economies of the selected towns through encouraging voucher recipients to spend locally and through Rotary and the other participating agency’s event operating costs.
RAWCS continues to facilitate and support Drought projects by individual Rotary Clubs and Districts in addition to the National program.
|Rotary Drought Relief Distribution Projects:||District 9560||Northern Queensland||46-2013-14|
|District 9620||Southern Queensland||59-2013-14|
|District 9650||Northern NSW||2-2018-19|
|District 9650||Western NSW||18-2018-19|
|District 9670||Central NSW||33-2018-19|
|District 9705||Southern NSW||38-2018-19|
Rotary Australia World Community Service
Phone Contacts are listed below
ROTARY DROUGHT ASSISTANCE CONTACTS
|National||Belinda Griffen||General Inquiries||02 8833 8317|
|National||David Pearson||General Inquiries||0428 792 613|
|District 9560||Lee Cox||Far North Queensland||0405 172 028|
|District 9560||Ron Poulsen||Northern Queensland||0427 157 499|
|District 9560||Dave Perkins||Northern Queensland||0418 776 799|
|District 9560||Damien Arthur||Western Queensland||0448 180 362|
|District 9560||Grant Goulivitch||Central Queensland||0419 787 326|
|District 9620||Philip Charles||Southern Queensland||0413 026 994|
|District 9620||Bryan Payne||Southern Queensland||0427 379 909|
|District 9650||Reg Pierce||Northern and Western NSW||0417 472 723|
|District 9670||Graeme Hooper||Central NSW||0417 203 603|
|District 9705||David Post||Southern NSW||0408 221 696|
|District 9705||Chris Finkel||Southern NSW||0429 661 358|
|District 9800||Grant Hocking||Victoria||0429 802 722|