South West fire: how to help

The devastation caused by the bushfire.
The devastation caused by the bushfire.

The LMDRF is the recognised state emergency fund and provides relief for personal hardship and distress arising from natural disasters occurring within WA.

The fund has been activated to raise and co-ordinate donations to support the victims of the fires that razed much of the township of Yarloop and damaged parts of Waroona.

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“Just as people supported the community of Esperance recently, we need to pull together to assist residents of Yarloop and Waroona,” board chair Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi said.

Through the LMDRF the community can help those who are affected by this disaster to rebuild their lives.

The fund is operated by an independent board and donations over $2 are tax deductable.

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The costs of administering the fund are absorbed by the City of Perth, so all money raised will go directly to those who need it most.

The Mandurah Coastal Times provided a donation on Saturday and editor Vanessa Schmitt encouraged the paper’s readers to also give what they can.

“Among an outpouring of grief at the sheer devastation caused by the bushfire that swept through Waroona, Yarloop, Preston Beach and Lake Clifton last week, there has been a wonderful outpouring of generosity,” she said.

“People have already offered water, food and opened their homes with offers for a place to stay.

“Local businesses were equally generous, especially in terms of accommodation.

“Now is the time to support the Lord Mayor’s appeal, and as a community this can help people affected by this disaster to rebuild their lives.”

Ms Scaffidi said the process for distributing funds would be confirmed later and managed in conjunction with the affected shires.

Click here for all the details on donating via the LMRF.