Westpac Group’s Natural Disaster Recovery Fund
Westpac Group has a long history of helping out in times of need, and they are proud of their commitment to being first on the ground and last to leave, especially when a natural disaster affects customers, communities and employees.
They know it is only once the dust has settled, that the true impact of a disaster is realised, with disaster affected communities feeling the full financial impact 6 to 9 months down the track.
We are delighted to let you know that Westpac Group’s Natural Disaster Recovery Fund grants program is now open to continue helping Australian communities recovering from natural disasters.
The Natural Disaster Recovery Fund aims to provide support and financial assistance over the longer term to communities affected by natural disaster through funding projects focused on the recovery and rebuilding phase.
If you know or are part of a community group or non-profit organisation in the Central Queensland, Fitzroy or Wide Bay Burnett QLD areas and working on a local renewal or resilience project as a result of Cyclone Marcia in Queensland, we encourage you to apply online by visiting westpac.com.au/ndrf2015.
Applications are now open and close (AEST) 5.00pm, Monday 7 September 2015.
Building Community Resilience Sessions
To increase resilience at the grassroots level, we've been holding disaster preparedness awareness sessions with local community groups and networks.
Recently we've held sessions with the Paint Pals group at Mt Gravatt Community Centre and with Oxley Day Service, where we looked at practical ideas on how to better prepare yourself and your friends and family. We covered easy ways to locate further valuable information now and when a disaster strikes. It was amazing to see everyone so engaged – they all pledged at least one thing they are going to do to ensure they’re better prepared for disasters! Mission accomplished!!
Since 2010 Volunteering Queensland has been working to develop a wide range of preparedness and community resilience resources to support communities to take ownership of being prepared for emergencies. We encourage you to check how prepared you are using our Disaster Readiness Index and learn what you can do to help your community prepare by accessing our Disaster Ready Communities resources.