Member Advice - Bushfire Crisis

14 January 2020

 

Like most people across the nation, AIBS members have been shocked at the severity of the bushfires that have destroyed vast parts of Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia and taken the lives of firefighters and residents. In Western Australia and Tasmania too, bushfires have threatened communities and damaged property.

The devastation and heartbreak these fires have brought to people and animals along with the destruction of homes, businesses and community infrastructure has us all on edge knowing that the fire season is barely half way through. Our hearts go out to those who have lost family members and friends.

Not surprisingly, many AIBS members from all jurisdictions have contacted us asking how we, as building surveyors, can help affected communities get back on their feet.

Our members who assisted in the re-occupation and re-building efforts following the Black Saturday fires in Victoria have advised that our support is best directed towards helping government agencies tasked with leading the recovery efforts. By working with lead government agencies our technical advice and expertise can be put to best use in a co-ordinated way.

With this in mind, AIBS has written to the Prime Minister Scott Morrison and the Premiers of the most severely affected States offering support when it is required. Members can view the letters in the members area of the AIBS website here. AIBS will continue to liaise with the relevant State authorities and will let members know when our assistance is required. 

In the meantime, if you would like to offer financial support to help those devasted communities, we recommend you donate to one of the charities with expertise to receive and distribute large sums of money to reach those most in need.

We will continue to monitor the situation and keep you up to date with any developments.

Kind regards

Wayne Liddy Brett Mace
National Vice President Chief Executive Officer