Nambucca Valley Council Bushfire Relief Appeal Background
The impacts of the devastation caused by the Kian Road bushfire in the Nambucca Valley Council area will be long term. The fire is the worst natural disaster in the history of our community. More than 20% of the physical area of the Shire was burned. Sixty two homes, two commercial facilities and 134 outbuildings were destroyed and another 19 homes, 2 facilities and 26 outbuildings were damaged (OEM impact assessment overview, 6 Dec 2019).
As the community looked to Council for leadership and support, Council, in combination with other measures, took the step to establish this Bushfire Relief Appeal - an appeal guided by the Australian Taxation Office's Deductible Gift Recipient Status under the Australian Disaster Relief Fund criteria.
As an initial driver to the Fund, Council provided $100,000 which was distributed as direct financial support, $1,500 per household for residents who had their home destroyed. Council hopes the Fund can continue to deliver support for the coming years of our valley's recovery.
*Mayor, Cr Rhonda Hoban, OAM
*Deputy Mayor, Cr John Wilson
*Assistant Governor, Nambucca-Maclean, Rotary District 9650, Mr Peter Lawry
*Regional Manager NSW Red Cross, Janelle Cazaubon
*Out of the Ashes organiser, Rebecca Beverley
*General Manager, Nambucca Valley Council, Michael Coulter
*Chief Financial Officer, Nambucca Valley Council, Matthew Sykes
*Bushfire Recovery Coordinator, Nambucca Valley Council, Rhiannon Treasure-Brand
Bushfire Relief Appeal Fund Rules
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In response to the Kian Road Fire Emergency that escalated on Friday 8 November 2019, an Appeal Fund has been launched. The community support of donated items has been overwhelming and extremely generous to date. Charity and volunteer organisations have now reached capacity for item donations. Therefore, the Appeal Fund is the preferred method to assist the Nambucca Valley community.
How it works
All donated funds are held in a separate trust account. The management and distribution of these funds will be overseen by an Independent Advisory Committee. The Committee may co-opt additional members as needed. The Committee will ensure all funds are distributed equitably and consistently to those who are directly affected by the fire emergency, in compliance with the Commonwealth charitable law requirements.
The Nambucca Valley Council Bushfire Relief Appeal Fund Rules are as follows:
Clause 1: Nambucca Valley Council has set up the Appeal Fund to take donations from members of the public with the aim to provide funding toward projects that contribute to the recovery and rebuilding efforts of fire affected residents in the Nambucca Valley following the Kian Road fire natural disaster.
Clause 2: Kian Road Fire means the bushfires that caused damage to Nambucca Valley from 8 November 2019 when the existing fire escalated.
Clause 3: The Appeal Fund aims to provide a “one stop shop” where members of the general public can donate money to assist victims of the Kian Road Fire, while ensuring that all monies donated are used solely on assisting residents who have suffered as a result of the fires.
Clause 4: All funds received will either be:
4.1 Allocated by Council directly to those residents adversely affected by the bushfires via specific grant or program;
4.2 Contributed to a community group providing a support service/disaster recovery activity; or
4.3 Donated to Australian charities who will manage the distribution of donated monies to victims of the bushfires on behalf of Nambucca Valley Council. The funds will be distributed to the following charities:
- Registered Nambucca Valley based charities
Clause 5: All funds donated to these charities (or allocated directly by Council) can only be used to assist victims of the Kian Road fire natural disaster.
Clause 6: The public will be invited to contribute to the Fund.
Clause 7: The Fund will utilise a Council bank account to manage all funds receipted. Means of payment allowed will include credit and debit cards via Council's online donations portal and cash and cheque payments at Nambucca Valley Council Administration Centre.
Clause 8: Council will set up a trust fund within its general ledger and manage all funds received through this trust.
Clause 9: Council will not use any funds donated for any administration or other non-charitable purposes, and all funds donated will only be used for the purposes as detailed in Clauses 3 and 4 above.
Clause 10: Council will collect monies through the fund for a period of 2 years from the commencement of the disaster.
Clause 11: Funds collected will be distributed within two years (per Clause 9).
Clause 12: If the fund is wound up or if the endorsement of the fund as a deductible gift recipient for the operation of the fund is revoked, any surplus assets of the gift fund remaining after the payment of liabilities attributable to it, shall be transferred to a fund, authority or institution to which income tax deductible gifts can be made.
Clause 13: The Fund will have a gift fund that will be used to only accept:
13.1 gifts of money for the principal purpose of the fund,
13.2 contributions made in relation to an eligible fundraising event held for the principal purpose of the fund,
13.3 money received by the organisation because of such gifts and contributions.
The gift fund operates through the trust account set up by Council.
Clause 14: Reconciliations and accounts will be prepared for the Fund on a quarterly basis to ensure that all monies are correctly accounted for and used for the purposes detailed in these public fund rules, and detailed statements will be prepared when the fund is wound up.
Clause 15: Receipts will be issued in the name of the Nambucca Valley Council Bushfire Relief Appeal Fund.
Clause 16: The Fund will be managed by an advisory committee of responsible persons who will have a degree of responsibility to the general community. The advisory committee will identify the areas of greatest need for financial assistance in helping our fire affected residents recover from the Kian Road fire natural disaster.
Clause 17: The ATO will be notified of any changes to the fund rules within twenty one days.
Nambucca Valley Council's Bushfire Information Page, including state and federal government newsletter information, local council information, local bushfire related events and council initiatives, as a result of the Kian Road Fire disaster
Nambucca Valley Council's Bushfire Relief Appeal - Terms of Reference for Committee Members