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Australia Red Cross to give only a third of $95m in donations to bushfire victims

21:50  22 january  2020
21:50  22 january  2020 Source:   skynews.com.au

Holiday home owners being encouraged to rent to bushfire victims

  Holiday home owners being encouraged to rent to bushfire victims People who own a holiday home in bushfire-affected communities will now be able to access special financial assistance to help boost accommodation for victims of the crisis. Owners of holiday houses are being encouraged to list their properties for rent in order to lift the number of homes available for families without short or long-term accommodation. © Getty Holiday home-owners are being offered incentives to rent their homes for those impacted by bushfires in NSW.

The Australian Red Cross has faced considerable criticism after it was reported the charity would give only $30 million to bushfire-affected victims from over $95 million received in donations.

The Red Cross said it will take years to spend the millions of dollars that were donated as part of the Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund.

The fund was established to help people prepare, cope and recover from disasters and emergencies.

Fees, tax relief for SA bushfire victims

  Fees, tax relief for SA bushfire victims South Australian Treasurer Rob Lucas has announced relief from taxes and charges for the state's bushfire victims to help them rebuild and recover. Bushfire victims across South Australia will get relief from a range of state government taxes and charges to The measures include relief from land tax and some stamp duty obligations, and the waiving of administration fees for registering replacement vehicles and applying for replacement licences, birth and death certificates.

The rest of the funds are set to be dispersed for longer term commitments in affected communities.

In photos: Australia wildfires

At Microsoft News Australia we've partnered with the giving platform Benevity to raise funds for Australian Red Cross, St Vincent De Paul Society and The Salvation Army; these organisations are helping communities across the country devastated by bushfires. You can help these organisations by donating here and for the latest news and RFS links visit Bushfire emergency.

Australians 'smell a rat' over bushfire donations .
Sky News host Chris Smith says the Australian public are “smelling a rat” when it comes to the charitable donations given towards the nation’s bushfire victims. The Red Cross is denying claims it is stockpiling bushfire relief donations, insisting all of the money will be spent this financial year and not on future disasters. Just $30 million of total donations has reportedly been doled out to bushfire-ravaged communities. Pictures: Australia's bushfire emergency Red Cross Australia NSW and ACT Director Poppy Brown said, “the money that we’re raising this year will be spent on the disaster season this year”.

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