07 March 2022
As floods continue to wreak havoc in New South Wales and Queensland, the Australian co-op sector is stepping up its relief efforts.
The floods – which Queensland state premier Annastacia Palaszczuk say are ‘unprecedented’ in scale – have so far caused 16 reported deaths and impacted hundreds of thousands of peoplem with homes, workplaces and community facilities inundated with record levels of floodwaters.
At its worst, the disaster left the city of Lismore, NSW, submerged, with some residents forced to sit on their rooftops awaiting rescue, after more than 700mm of rainfall fell in just 30 hours.
In some areas the enormous task of cleaning up has begun, while elsewhere there remains an anxious wait for the forecasted floodwaters.
Responding to the crisis, the Australia Mutuals Foundation, the mutual sector’s charitable fund, has activated its emergency / disaster relief donations portal to accept donations from the Australian co-operative and mutual community.
The donations portal was last activated in 2020 to receive hundreds of thousands of dollars in national and overseas donations from co-ops and mutuals towards relief for the 2020 bushfires.
Read the full article Australian co-op sector responds to catastrophic Queensland and NSW floods in Co-op News, 4 March 2022.