Elders’ support for bushfire affected Australia
As we continue to experience dangerous fire conditions in many parts of the country, we are relieved to confirm that all our people remain safe. That said, many of our people have been personally affected through evacuation and property loss. In response to the needs of our customers, employees and communities, we are pleased to announce the following initiatives.
Hardship Relief on Client Trading Accounts
Elders is offering a Bushfire Assistance Facility, where existing and eligible customers are encouraged to apply for deferred payment and interest free terms of up to nine months. More information is available here.
We are pleased to announce that we have made the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) an Elders Give It national community program partner. Elders will donate $100,000 to FRRR who provide project grants across rural, regional and remote Australian communities. This donation will support FRRR’s mission of ensuring that fire-affected communities will be able to access the support needed in the medium to long term.
We are acutely aware that the rebuild process for disaster affected individuals and communities is a long road. Our ongoing support of FRRR will ensure the ongoing recovery and resilience of impacted communities and environments.
Elders will now match employee donations for any of our three partners, Royal Flying Doctor Service, Beyond Blue, or FRRR, up to $1,000 p.a. per employee (with a total organisation-wide donation cap at $500,000 p.a.). In addition, we are launching an Employee Volunteering Program to ensure our people are eligible for paid leave to lend a hand where they feel is needed.
Elders Real Estate has pledged its commitment to a collective initiative across the wider real estate industry, Beyond the Bricks. Beyond the Bricks comprises a three-phase plan – relief, rebuild, restore – which will provide not only assistance during the crisis but to the communities most affected in the aftermath beyond this point – our customers.
Bushfire recovery is a complex and on-going issue, and we intend to continue to stay on the pulse of this issue as our people, clients and communities gain a greater grasp for what is needed and how we, Elders, can help.
On the ground support
Our people are continuing work on the ground, volunteering to fight fires and protect property, relocating surviving livestock and bringing relief and aid to those in need. Several of our branches are coordinating the delivery of feed to impacted producers and working directly with clients and colleagues to provide whatever support is needed at any point in time. Elders are donating a significant supply of fuel cards to those using their own vehicles to assist to drop feed to farmers in need.
On the crisis, CEO Mark Allison said, “Whilst we experience unprecedented devastation, we take solace in the stories of bravery and solidarity that permeate rural communities.”
“I am heartened by the stories of our people who have been so giving of their time, energy and money to support wherever they can.”