Canberrans called to dig deep for flood victims
Member for Canberra, Gai Brodtmann and Member for Fraser, Andrew Leigh today called on Canberrans to stand by the victims of the horrific Queensland, New South Wales and Western Australian floods.
“Canberrans have the highest rate of volunteering in the country, and we are generous contributors to our community and the nation,” said Ms Brodtmann.
“We received overwhelming support from all around the country during the bushfires that raged through the ACT eight years ago.
“I urge Canberrans to volunteer or donate what they can to help the victims of the floods,” said Ms Brodtmann.
The Gillard Government is working closely with the Queensland Government to ensure that Australian Defence Force resources are on call to aid search and rescue efforts in the State.
“Concessional interest rate loans of up to $250,000 and freight subsidies of up to $5,000 have been extended to 23 shires and councils as well as a range of emergency payments available to people affected by the floods,” said Dr Leigh.
“Australians naturally rally together in times of need and adversity. The flood victims in Queensland need our support,” they said.
Secure donations to the Premier’s Flood Appeal can be made online at http://telethon.smartservice.qld.gov.au/ or by credit card on 1800 219 028. Donations can also be made to St Vincent De Paul, the RSPCA, the Salvation Army and the Red Cross.
John Snobar (Brodtmann): 0435 059 099
Shobaz Kandola (Leigh): 0421 838 038