Media Release

Property industry support for bushfire relief and recovery

PROPERTY COUNCIL January 9, 2020

Our thoughts are with our fellow Australians who have been affected by the unprecedented bushfire disaster, as well as those who have been on the frontline fighting the fires and providing support to affected communities. 

The bushfires have taken a devastating toll on life, livelihoods, communities, livestock and wildlife. 

We acknowledge the contributions being made by members of the property industry who are helping bushfire relief and recovery efforts with financial and in-kind support. 

More information on their contribution is available below. 

Scentre Group 

  • $500,000 cash donation to the Salvation Army
  • In-kind support in Westfield centres via digital screens, media network and community desks
  • Support for impacted employees and donation matching
  • More information here

 Vicinity Centres 

  • $250,000 donation to be distributed through Salvation Army and Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal
  • Community space at 60+ centres, digital advertising, employee donation matching
  • Support for staff volunteering in emergency services through paid leave, extending volunteering leave for bushfire charity work
  • More information here

 Stockland 

  • $500,000 cash donation to the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal
  • Employee donation matching, free space for nominated charities and community space for counselling and small business services in affected communities, in-centre digital advertising
  • Additional paid leave for staff doing voluntary firefighting, emergency leave provisions for impacted employees
  • More information here

Lendlease

  • $500,000 donation to Australian Red Cross, and matching employee donations up to $500,000 for donations made to Red Cross since 1 December 2019
  • Supporting local community initiatives including support for frontline emergency services,, and convened bushfire emergency committee to determine longer term assistance strategy to help affected communities, including annual Community Day focus
  • Emergency and volunteer leave policies in place, including extended paid leave where appropriate.

QIC Global Real Estate

  • Donation points at  centres across Australia to support the Australian Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund.
  • QIC teams across Australia are donating their time by staffing these donation points via our dedicated volunteer leave policy, and volunteering on frontlines.
  • Donations to the Red Cross and NSW Wildlife Information Rescue and Education Service (WIRES).
  • Centres are also partnering with local community groups and leaders to raise funds, supplies and goodwill for those affected, and providing free digital advertising to raise awareness of appeals.
  • More information here.

The GPT Group

  • $200,000 donation to Australian Red Cross, Salvation Army and NSW Rural Fire Service
  • Staff donation matching by giving two dollars for every dollar donated up to $50,000
  • Employee and family support through access to emergency and community service leave programs and Employee Assistance Program.
  • More information here.

Mirvac

  • The company has pledged $500,000 to relief efforts and will match dollar-for-dollar all staff donations. 
  • Mirvac is offering workers unlimited paid volunteer leave.

CBRE Australia

  • The CBRE Disaster Relief Foundation has partnered with the firm’s Australian business to help contribute vital funds to the Australian Red Cross and assist in the recovery efforts. The Foundation is matching every staff dollar contributed, up to a maximum contribution from the Foundation of AU$215,000, via the CBRE Cares donation website.
  • To date (Wednesday, 15 Jan), CBRE staff have raised AU$51,374.27, which has been matched by the Foundation for a running total of AU$102,748.54. Fundraising will continue in coming months.
  • CBRE has is also offering employee and family support through access to emergency and community service leave programs during this time, as well as access to the company’s Employee Assistance Program.

Investa

  • Fundraising campaign from 20 January on behalf of Vinnies Bushfire Appeal. Investa staff volunteers will be collecting donations at many of the buildings it owns and manages across the country
  • Digital fundraising campaign, extended to Investa’s broader network, on behalf of Vinnies Bushfire Appeal
  • Unlimited, fully-paid Emergency Leave,temporary accommodation and a range of other support options to any employees whose homes have been directly impacted by the bushfires
  • Unlimited, fully-paid volunteering Leave to employees working with fire and emergency services or on charity relief efforts and supporting employees to explore volunteering opportunities and to take time away from work to lend a helping hand where possible
  • Matching employee donations, dollar for dollar, to any bushfire relief charity drive of their choice
  • Employee Assistance Program available to all employees, and their families, should they need support during the bushfire crisis.

 

Updated 17January 2020