Australian bushfires – the response from Australia Pacific Airports Corporation
Ferocious bushfires have devastated millions of hectares of the Australian landscape, affecting all states and territories. Australia Pacific Airports Corporation, owner of Melbourne Airport and Launceston Airport, is working with its staff, customers, tenants and partners to help coordinate its response.
Here’s an overview of how we’re responding to the crisis:
- We’ve pledged to donate $500,000 to the Victorian Bushfire Appeal.
- We’re working with our charity partner, The Salvation Army, to undertake collections through donation tins and retail point of sale devices throughout the Melbourne Airport terminals. We’ll keep those collection resources in terminals up until the end of summer, and supplement them through additional fundraising efforts.
- We’ll match any donations raised through terminal collections and staff contributions, up to another $500,000.
- We’re also hosting a link to the Australian Red Cross on our website, so visitors to our website can donate online if they wish.
- APAC is proud to support staff who volunteer their time to community organisations, and will continue to pay CFA volunteers and Army Reservists beyond our standard volunteering leave policy.
- All APAC staff are entitled to one day’s paid volunteering leave each year – we’ve granted everyone an extra day to dedicate to volunteering efforts in support of the bushfires.
- Some of our retailers will be running their own fundraising activities – visit our Facebook page to see what’s on around the airport each day if you’re travelling or visiting to pick-up or drop-off a traveller.
The bushfire season will continue for some time, and will be followed by a long period of recovery. We’ll be continuing to monitor the needs of affected communities and will look for opportunities to provide further support through the recovery effort. Check back here to see how we’re going.
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