Premier Mark McGowan will go above the $2 million his state government has pledged to the Red Cross Flood Appeal telethon for victims of flooded parts of eastern Australia if a request for more donations are made for it by Queensland or New South Wales.
The donation announcement was televised on the Australia Unites broadcast to raise funds for flood victims in the easter states.
“Wherever you live in this great nation, we are all Australians. Australians help Australians. Mates help mates. And that is exactly what we are doing,” McGowan said.
“Many Western Australians have deep bonds with people affected by the east coast flood disaster and we have an obligation to help those in need.”
The financial aid from WA comes in addition to emergency services support to NSW accepted by Dominic Perrottet’s government and approved by the National Resource Sharing Centre.
A total of 50 WA SES personnel, deployed in five contingents, having travelled east to relieve exhausted rescue crews. WA from across the state, including Goldfields-Esperance, Kimberley, lower South-West and Great Southern have been part of these deployed SES teams.
The deployments have included personnel from WA’s Department of Fire and Emergency Services; the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation; the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions; and State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers.
“It is important that as a nation we come together to support each other when times are tough,” the premier said.
“Western Australia stands to provide more help if and when required.”
Scrutiny of how readily state-led assistance was rendered to residents during the flood emergency have loomed large in the national conversation, with questions about when ADF capability was ready and whether political leaders at the state or federal level moved to deploy them quickly enough.
The NSW government will review the response to the flood emergency and the state emergency services minister Stephen Cooke assured the community that the review would be ‘carried out as quickly as possible’.
Ordinary community members have emerged as heroes in some of the most devastated areas impacted by the deluge and the nationwide death toll as a result of the major flooding has reached 22 people.