Natural Disaster Relief
It’s only once the dust has settled that the true impact of a disaster is realised.
That’s why St.George supports the Natural Disaster Recovery Fund1 to help Australian communities recovering from natural disasters.
Announcing our 2015 Natural Disaster Recovery Grant Recipients
We are delighted that this year, our Natural Disaster Recovery Fund will fund $211,877 in grants to 25 local community projects supporting recovery projects in the South Australian regions impacted by the January bushfires, Queensland and Northern Territory regions impacted by Cyclones Marcia and Lam and New South Wales communities impacted by storms in April.
Projects we are supporting range from disaster preparedness workshops and local business toolbox resources, rejuvenating a community nature trail, installation of necessary emergency announcement systems for more effective disaster communications, through to initiatives that rebuild the affected community’s wellbeing.
New South Wales
|Hunter Region Business Enterprise Centre||Disaster Recovery Tool Box for Business
Hold workshops focused on Disaster Recovery and Preparedness to provide education and resources for local small business owners to assist their recovery and strengthen their ability to manage future disasters.
|Dungog Junior Rugby League||Recovery of Equipment and Repairs of Bennett Park Facilities
To restore and update Bennet Park facilities, which was significantly damaged by the storms, benefitting other community groups that use this community infrastructure such as Dungog’s Junior Rugby League, Dungog High School, All Age Rugby League, Cricket, Aus Tag, Little Athletics and Touch Football.
|Carrie’s Place Domestic Violence and Homelessness Services||Storm Recovery of Community Resource Centre
Repair community resource centre infrastructure that was damaged by being submerged in water during the storm event, representing a safety issue to everyone attending the building and that use its free social service offerings such as domestic violence case management, counselling and group education.
|Northern Settlement Services||Multilingual Resources
Develop Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) community multilingual resources to ensure one of the most vulnerable ‘At Risk’ community groups will have access to resources with clear messages about what to do to prepare, respond and recover from natural disasters.
Dungog Shire Community Centre
|‘Dungog Together’ series of community recovery events
Run a series of community expos, workshops and an anniversary event with community members for information sharing with a focus on building skills, strength and resilience.
Dungog Soccer Club
|Repairs to Soccer Club Repair damage done to main storage container infrastructure and soil erosion sustained during April floods directly benefit the players, volunteers and members of Dungog Soccer Club in addition to the school students at Dungog High School and other sports such as cricket who use the facility.
- Hills Volunteering – Volunteer Resource Centre: First Aid in the Community
- Playford Council / Humbug Scrub Fire Groups: HumBug Scrub Bus Shelter Revitalisation
- Kersbrook Primary School: Playground Equipment
- The Horse Federation of SA: Building Resilience Through Keeping Horses Safe
- SA Veterinary Emergency Management: Large Animal Recovery
- National Trust of South Australia: Roachdale Reserve Nature Trail Repair
- Sunrise Alliance Inc: Mediation Centre Rebuild
- Australian Red Cross: Galiwin’ku Recovery and Resilience Program
- East Arnhem Regional Council: Galiwin’ku Cultural Track Clearing; Milingimbi Emergency Announcement System and Ramingining Emergency Announcement System
- Nyäḻka Milingimbi Women’s Aboriginal Corporation: Restoration of Milingimbi Community
- Transforming Skills NT: Gawa Rain Water Tanks
- Yeppoon Surf Life Saving Club: Clubhouse Repair
- Cawarral Rural Fire Brigade: Community Safety Awareness Board
- Multicultural Development Association: Multicultural Community Preparedness Project
- Rockhampton Touch Association: Amenities Building Repair of Cyclone Damage
- Rockhampton South Kindergarten Association: Creating an Engaging and Educational Outdoor Space
- Callide United Football Club: Equipment Shed Rebuild
Next annual Natural Disaster Recovery grant round will be announced mid-2016.
1. The establishment of the Natural Disaster Recovery Fund was announced by the Westpac Group on 23 October 2013. St George Bank is a member of the Westpac Group.