Council donates $50,000 to Vanuatu appeal
  • Friday 27 March 2015
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Sunshine Coast Council has unanimously agreed to donate $50,000 to a combined local government relief appeal to help the victims of Tropical Cyclone Pam.

The appeal is asking for Queenslanders to dig deep into their pockets to help Vanuatu recover from what was one of the worst storms in recent history in the Pacific.

Sunshine Coast Council is one of 77 Queensland councils joining the Local Government Association of Queensland’s combined appeal.

Mayor Mark Jamieson said the funds would go to Red Cross to assist the people of Vanuatu.

“Vanuatu is a disaster zone,” Mayor Jamieson said.

“It will take a community of communities to raise funds to urgently provide life’s necessities: food, water, shelter, hygiene, healthcare, communication, electricity.

“We, as a council, have contributed $50k to that appeal.

“That may sound like a lot or money but it needs to be spread far and wide. The donation is less than 20 cents per ratepayer.”

Mayor Jamieson said that along with many other Pacific Island nations, Vanuatu had contributed significantly to the Queensland economy, to our lifestyle and community over the last 150 years.

“Many South Sea Islanders were brought to Australia and South East Queensland in less than ideal circumstances and they played a vital role in developing the communities, including the Sunshine Coast, Mackay, Fraser Coast and Bundaberg,” he said.

“This year, Sunshine Coast will celebrate 150th anniversary of the arrival of South Sea Islanders at Bli Bli.

“While many stayed on and developed our community and our culture, many also left the canefields, forced to return to their islands.

”This is a tremendous opportunity for us to say thank you to their descendants. Now is the time to help them when they need it most.”

Mayor Jamieson said the Sunshine Coast community could help save lives and help Vanuatu rebuild by donating cash to the LGAQ Vanuatu Aid Appeal.

For more information on how you can donate, visit the Queensland Local Government Vanuatu cyclone relief appeal website http://bit.ly/1yaCJKK.