The GIPPSLAND Emergency Relief Fund has appealed for financial donations to provide immediate support to residents affected by the floods.
GERF spokesman Barry Whitehead announced the new appeal following confirmed reports of several evacuations of property and damage in Latrobe and Wellington counties.
Although the full extent of the damage is not yet known, the councils have activated emergency back-up plans and already know of people in need of immediate help.
“It is likely that many residents of Gippsland will be affected by the flood waters,” said Mr Whitehead.
The money raised by the GERF is quickly distributed to affected Gippslanders for discretionary use while insurance and government claims are being processed, helping to provide access to emergency resources like food and temporary accommodation. .
Mr Whitehead said the Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund has always received strong support from the community and businesses, both in the region and beyond.
âUnfortunately, the Gippslanders know all too well the devastating effects that fires, floods and other natural disasters can have on our region,â he said.
âThat said, we have always been able to count on the goodwill of locals and friends from other communities to dig deep and give what they can in these difficult times.
âWe are therefore asking members of the local community and corporate citizens, neighbors and friends from other communities to reflect on the plight of the communities in Gippsland affected by the floods and to give all they can. “
Donations can be made by direct bank transfer (BSB: 083 932, account number: 740196862), Paypal via www.gerf.org.au, or at any NAB branch across Australia.
Donations over $ 2 are tax deductible.
Residents affected by the floods must telephone their municipal recovery manager who will assess the applicant’s situation and refer him to the GERF if necessary.
Mr Whitehead said Gippslanders whose primary place of residence has been affected by flood waters, as well as farmers who have suffered loss of fencing, fodder or livestock, may be eligible for the payment.
The Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund was established in 1978 and is run by local volunteers for communities in Gippsland affected by natural disasters.
For information visit www.gerf.org.au, or call Mr. Whitehead on 0418 594 175.