The ongoing Victorian bushfire relief effort has brought out the best in local government with initiatives including adopting a town and the sacrifice of annual pay.
The Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) has swung behind a state-wide campaign to Adopt-a-Town in Victoria affected by the bushfires.
Local Government employees in Western Australia are hoping to raise over $1 million for the Victorian Bushfire Aid Appeal through donations of annual leave, an hour of pay or cash to a fund established by the Commonwealth Bank.
Western Australian Local Government Association (WALGA) President Cr Bill Mitchell said that the facility enabled employees to contribute to the appeal while recognising the impact of the currently tight economic reality.
Councils across Australia have been sending in donations directly to affected communities in Victoria through their councils, by-passing established relief agencies such as the Red Cross and the Salvation Army.
President of the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) Geoff Lake said the bushfires had brought out the best in local government in Australia.
“Councils have been doing an extraordinary job in response to the issues being faced by their community,” he told GovernmentNews.
“I also think the MAV [the Municipal Association of Victoria] has done a remarkable job in co-ordinating council resources across the sector, particularly councils which have not been affected by the bushfires.
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