Burnie City Council contributes to Tasmanian Fire Appeal

Burnie City Council at its January meeting (Tuesday, 22 January), unanimously voted to help the local communities affected by the recent fires.

Burnie City Council has agreed to make a $5,000 donation and allocate $50,000 ($25,000 allocated in 2012/13 and $25,000 allocated in 2013/14) of in-kind support to any of the affected municipalities. In-kind support is the use of Burnie City Council’s labour and equipment to help rebuild these affected communities.

Mayor Steve Kons said, “I hope the Burnie community will fully support us in this decision. Although local Council’s will have funds put away for emergency situations, no one can prepare financially for a disaster as big as some of the communities have faced, especially in the Sorrell and Tasman municipalities, where the impact has been the worst seen in Tasmania since the 1967 bushfires. If we are ever in such a tragic circumstance, I am sure we would be offered similar help.

“The Burnie community are extremely giving and we have been approached by many urging Burnie City Council to help. We have worked closely with the effected local Council’s to ensure that we found the most effective way that Council can contribute.”  

Devonport Mayor Steve Martin urged Council’s to collect cash donations for the Tasmanian fires and in Burnie the community have donated directly to Council $1,928. Burnie City Council will continue to take donations for this appeal until 31 January 2013.

For further information please contact

Libby Dobson
Communications Officer
Burnie City Council
(03) 6430 5716 or 0448 568 728

Email: ldobson@burnie.net