As Elly Bird, Resilient Lismore Co-ordinator talked about in her ABC Radio and ABC TV News video Interviews [7 March 2022], Lismore and surrounds are currently a heavily impacted region with thousands of displaced people with no homes or transportation. All deliveries are challenging, and there is limited warehouse storage for any donations. Many locations are still in the early damage assessment stages, and this will be a constantly changing situation. Elly asks us to be mindful with our donations during this time.
Blue Shield Australia and its Member Associations strongly recommend giving only financial donations during the initial phase after a disaster. Experiences from all previous Australian natural disaster recovery efforts indicate that in the immediate aftermath of a disaster event, physical donations of books, furniture, artwork and stationery supplies often end up in storage for a long period of time.
We know that many people across Australia are wanting to help. We encourage our Association members and colleagues, and members of the general public, to focus on providing financial donations at this time. AICCM also has a limited number of $1,000 grants for conservators to help triage, salvage and document small public collections. Updates via the AICCM Facebook.
There is an Online Auction taking place for books, artworks and creative services during March and April 2022 with proceeds going to the restoration of Lismore — to the libraries, galleries, and other cultural and community groups who need our support. The State Library of NSW and The BAD Sydney Crime Writers Festival are hosting an event ‘Crime Writers for Lismore Library’ on 1st April 2022 with all proceeds going to the Lismore Library Recovery Fund.
Monetary donations can be made directly to the Richmond Tweed Regional Library gift account: Account Name : Lismore City Council – RTRL Tax Deductible Gift Recipient Account BSB 062-565 | Account Number 10864916 Please send an email to Amanda Binney (Management Accountant) firstname.lastname@example.org at the time of any donations being made with the following information:- Name, Address, Date of deposit, Amount of deposit. RTRL will provide a Tax Deductible Receipt. This may take a little while to get out based on resources.
For those currently unaffected by natural disasters, the Australian Red Cross has a list of 50 Ways to Do More Good and how to donate. You can also take the time to contact your local GLAM colleagues and get together to start to discuss your own local and regional cultural heritage disaster plan and network.