Master Builders Australia has today announced that it is donating $150,000 to support those communities affected by the devastating bushfires and the tireless and courageous efforts of those who are fighting them.

“The Master Builders movement, encompassing Master Builders’ national office, Master Builders Associations in each state and territory and MBA Insurance Services is making this donation to support their local communities to provide assistance in the immediate crisis. It is only the first step in our commitment to help affected communities to recover and rebuild their lives,” Denita Wawn, CEO of Master Builders Australia said.

“Master Builders Associations around the country are actively encouraging their members to donate to the official fundraising appeals established by government and national charities the Red Cross, Salvation Army and St Vincent de Paul and are also providing hands on support and advice,” she said.

“Right now, we have many members and staff in regional Australia and many of those in affected communities are volunteering in the firefighting and recovery effort. Our offices in affected regions will play a vital role in helping local builders and tradies to get back on their feet,” Denita Wawn said.

“Master Builders is also providing support to our many members in affected communities whose businesses have been negatively impacted, including with assistance and advice on insurance related matters,” she said.

“Helping local economies in affected towns and regions to recover will be crucial to the recovery of those communities and their residents. The Master Builders community will be working to ensure that local builders and tradespeople are engaged to conduct reconstruction work in their local communities,” Denita Wawn said.

“Master Builders Australia and Master Builders Associations are in contact with federal and state governments as they plan the reconstruction that will follow once the current crisis has passed recognising that the nation still faces two more months of the traditional bushfire season. We are committed to continue to provide whatever assistance that we can,” Denita Wawn said.


Quotes attributable to Rebecca Casson, CEO Master Builders Victoria:

“Master Builders Victoria and MBA Insurance Services are complementing our initial support efforts with a financial donation directed to the areas of greatest need as determined by the official agencies coordinating the relief efforts.”

“This is only one aspect of the support we have been able to offer, which includes supporting team members who are fighting fires and responding to specific needs raised through local communities. Master Builders Victoria has also asked the Victorian Government that we are kept informed of ways in which we can lend our assistance and aid.”