Money collected for fire victims

Kerri Carr

Funds have been donated to a community appeal to help all affected by the Sir Ivan fire. Photo courtesy Annabel Milling.

More than $3800 has been donated to the CWA Disaster Relief Fund for victims of the Sir Ivan bushfire in February.

Money collected at Federation's February Council meeting was matched from the union's Emergency Distater Relief Fund.

Some teachers, students and their families are among those who lost property to the fire, but everyone in the community is a bushfire victim, Dunedoo-Coolah/Gulgong TA Councillor Vince O'Brien told the Council meeting.

"We are a close-knit community and we are all affected in Dunedoo, Coolah, Uarbary, Leadville and Cassillis along with others areas across the state which have been affected by these devastating bushfires."

"Any financial support given by the NSWTF members will not only be essential but vital in supporting these communities," he said.

Federation General Secretary John Dixon said Federation's Emergency Disaster Relief Fund was created in 2014 following the Blue Mountains fires, so the union could have a more considered and consistent approach when members lose property and teaching resources in floods, fires or storms.

"Federation acknowledges that members could be suffering significant financial hardship as a result of the recent bushfires," Mr Dixon said.

"The union will seek to assist members experiencing such hardship by providing an exemption for six months of membership contributions to the union." Members seeking this exemption will have to apply individually and explain the relevant circumstances. Further, members may apply for an ex-gratia payment of $500 to cover the loss of teaching resources not covered by other forms of general insurance. Contact the Communications Centre on 1300 654 369 or your Organiser.