Dear Community Leader,
It doesn’t seem right to say happy new year when so many of our fellow Australians are struggling through the worst fire season we have ever seen. If you know somebody affected by the fires who needs support, a list of resources and Government assistance payments is below. There is also a couple of updates to share:
Applications are invited for an Electorate Officer (B) - Policy position in my office in Parramatta. Full details of the position can be downloaded here. Please share this email with anyone you think might be interested. A cover letter, a CV setting out relevant skills and experience, and the names of three referees should be forwarded by email directly to Launa.Jabour@aph.gov.au. Applications close Friday, 7 February 2020 at 5pm.
Volunteer Grants Program
Under the new Volunteers Grants Program, $66,000 has been allocated to each electorate. The aim of this program is to support volunteers through the purchase of relevant equipment or the reimbursement of fuel, transport or training costs. Organisations that are supported by at least 40% volunteers could be eligible for funding between $1,000 - $5,000. Expressions of interest are open now through my website and close on 7 February.
If you and your family have been impacted by the bushfires and need more information on the emergency assistance available, information is available at www.disasterassist.gov.au
For information on personal hardship and distress, contact the Disaster Welfare Assistance Line on 1800 018 444 or visit www.emergency.nsw.gov.au
Applications for a concessional loan, grant or freight subsidy, contact the NSW Rural Assistance Authority on 1800 678 593 or www.raa.nsw.gov.au
All four major banks have announced relief funds for customers who are displaced from their homes in affected areas. For more information see:
If you would like to make a donation to assist communities affected by bushfires, below are some of the organisations accepting donations to provide much needed support:
If you are interested in donating non-perishable items to Foodbank the Office of Lynda Voltz in Auburn is acting as a collection point. There is a current need for:
- good quality tinned food (with ring pull)
- UHT milk
- items that are easy to 'grab and go' such as muesli bars, cereal, biscuits, etc.
- pet food
- personal hygiene products
- disposable nappies
These items can be dropped off at Lynda's office between 9:30am - 4:00pm at Lidcombe Centre, 92 Parramatta Road, Lidcombe (Mezzanine Level, near carpark entrance on Level 2). Deliveries can also be made directly to Foodbank at 50 Owen Street Glendenning NSW 2761 between 8:00am and 4:00pm.
Finally, there have been reports of some dodgy scammers trying to take advantage of people’s generosity. If you are aware of any you can report them to the Bushfire Scam Hotline on 1300 795 995.
Federal Member for Parramatta
02 9689 1455