Queensland’s 77 local councils have launched a relief appeal to help the victims of Tropical Cyclone Pam.

The Local Government Association of Queensland has set up a fund to help Vanuatu recover from one of the worst storms in a generation.

LGAQ President Margaret de Wit said Queenslanders and Pacific Islanders enjoyed strong bonds, with Islanders contributing significantly to the building of the state’s primary industries.

Queenslanders also knew very well the devastation that major cyclones could wreak on communities, business and families, she said.

“I stress that the best form of help we can give at the moment is cash donations,” she said.

“The people of Vanuatu need as much help as we can give them to get back on their feet as quickly as possible,” she said.

More information is available at the Queensland Local Government Vanuatu cyclone relief appeal website.