January 2013 news archive

Esso and BHP Billiton donation boosts Gippsland Bushfire Appeal

23 January 2013

The Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund (GERF) today received a $30,000 donation from Esso and BHP Billiton.

GERF has established a special Gippsland Bushfire Appeal to provide emergency relief and support to those who have lost homes, buildings, personal property, fencing and livestock.

John Mitchell, GERF President, said that the Esso and BHP Billiton contribution is the first major corporate donation to the GERF Appeal.

“The $30,000 donation from Esso and BHP Billiton is a major boost to our Appeal and their ongoing support is greatly appreciated and valued. These funds will be quickly distributed to help families and local businesses recover from the devastating impact of the fires,” he said.

Esso and BHP Billiton have been long term supporters of GERF and have contributed over $140,000 to recovery efforts following natural disasters in Gippsland, including the fires and floods in 2009 and 2007.

SP AusNet presents cheque to Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund

31 January 2013

Gippsland’s electricity distribution business, SP AusNet, presented a $10,000 cheque to the Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund (GERF) to assist local residents impacted by the Alberfeldy bushfires that continue across Gippsland.

SP AusNet Eastern Regional Manager Jim Haylock presenting $10,000 to GERF Chairman, John Mitchell

GERF provides relief and assistance to people living in the Gippsland municipalities of Bass Coast, South Gippsland, Latrobe, Baw Baw, Wellington and East Gippsland who suffer loss or damage from natural disasters.

SP AusNet Eastern Regional Manager Jim Haylock presented the cheque to GERF Chairman, John Mitchell, on Tuesday, 5th February, 2013.

“Being part of the Gippsland community, SP AusNet sees first-hand the positive impact the Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund has on helping Gippsland residents manage the effects of natural disasters,” Mr Haylock said.

“SP AusNet has a strong presence in the Gippsland area and we are pleased to be able to once again provide some assistance to the people within our community. Hopefully this cheque provides some welcome community relief.

“We’d also like to thank our impacted customers for their patience as we worked hard to reconnect the power supply, including the Country Fire Authority and State Emergency Service for their support,” he said.

“Many people have been hard hit by the bushfires across Gippsland,” Mr Haylock said. “GERF focuses on helping to meet people’s immediate needs for food, clothing, utensils, furniture, bedding etc and is an important community organisation in the Gippsland region.”

Mr Mitchell, in accepting the cheque, praised SP AusNet for its ongoing support of GERF funding events.

“SP AusNet has demonstrated continual commitment to the Gippsland community during our times of need. They have been a generous contributor to our appeals and a valued partner in our efforts to assist the impacted families and businesses to re-establish themselves following fire and flood events.

“This donation will be put to immediate use in assisting Gippslanders who have been affected by the Aberfeldy bushfire,” he said.

Gippsland Fires, January 2013

The Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund has launched an appeal to support people affected by the major bushfire that is continuing to affect communities across parts of Gippsland.

President, John Mitchell, urged individuals and organisations to donate generously to the Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund.

Preliminary assessment of the damage indicates more than 17 houses, extensive shedding, fencing and livestock loss.

“Many people have been hard hit by the bushfires across Gippsland,” Mr Mitchell said, “GERF focuses on helping to meet people’s immediate needs for food, clothing, utensils, furniture, bedding and getting children back to school, rather than capital items which may be covered by insurance or government aid.”

The Fund provides relief and assistance to people living in the Gippsland municipalities of Bass Coast, South Gippsland, Latrobe, Baw Baw, Wellington and East Gippsland who suffer injury, loss or damage from natural disasters.

GERF has a strong record of providing assistance to Gippslanders, even as natural disasters continue to unfold across the region.

There is heightened concern for potential further losses as the fire is not controlled and hot and dry weather conditions continue.

“As a community organisation, we are well placed to provide rapid support to our fellow Gippslanders in their times of need,” Mr Mitchell said, “I call on all Gippslanders and the wider community to dig deep now and help, either by making a direct cash donation or running a fundraising event.”