Councillors unanimously voted for my Lord Mayor Minute recommending a donation $50,000 to support the victims of the earthquake and tsunami that devastated the east coast of Japan.
The March 11 disaster killed more than 11,000 people, over 15,000 are still missing and, 73,000 homes have been destroyed or damaged. More than a million people are still without water or electricity. I hope the City's donation will make some contribution to the huge task of rebuilding these devastated communities.
We made our $50,000 donation to the Australian Red Cross Japan and Pacific Disaster Appeal 2011. I understand the money will be used to provide emergency relief and recovery assistance and to send specialist aid workers to assist in relief and recovery operations.
I encourage you to donate to the Red Cross by calling 1800 811 700 or visiting www.redcross.org.au/japan2011.htm