'Virtual warehouse' for fire relief
The NSW Government has commissioned an online service to coordinate bushfire donations for regional areas.
Service provider GIVIT has been brought in to coordinate the donation of much-needed goods and services for bushfire-affected communities, on behalf of all local councils.
GIVIT is a national donation management platform and is a not-for-profit organisation. The service is now available to the state’s 128 local councils.
Local Government NSW (LGNSW) welcomed the announcement.
LGNSW President Cr Linda Scott said GIVIT would help councils make the most of the community spirit and generosity being shown to those impacted by bushfires, by ensuring the right goods and services were getting to where they were needed, at the right time.
“GIVIT is a great example of joint local and State government efforts to minimise the financial and administrative burden placed on councils, recovery agencies, and charities,” she said.
“LGNSW and the local government sector are doing all we can to support bushfire-affected councils that are grappling with competing demands as they seek to help their communities to defend against fire threat and to clean up and recover.
“Affected councils and communities have been inundated with donations of cash, goods and services.
“This kindness has created some logistical challenges, including the need for physical storage, the sorting of donations, and the potential dilemma of having to dispose of unneeded goods.
“We’re very glad to see councils and charities are now being supported with the management of logistics, so storing, transporting, sorting and matching these donations to those in need is much easier.”