OFFICE OF FAIR TRADING
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So community members came to a couple of us who formed a group knowing we had many years experience in co ordination and emergency management to get aid to people whom really needed it after Cyclone Debbie.
The OFT are now saying I may be in breach of collecting living essentials under collections act by accepting food, water, toiletries, feminine products, pet food and clothing to take to people who needed serious help ASAP - mind you all this would have gone to landfill eventually as people didn't need the extra stock as they weren't affected like others were.
Yes there are large organisations out there but I am sorry I saw barely any of them in the hard hits area with the energy we had helping the worst hit places)
We did welfare checks for free, we offered first aid supplies, water, essentials to families whom couldn't even leave their houses as their cars were flooded and live 1-2hr drive from main small town where community centres were, some people couldn't leave their houses as their front door and windows were all smashed and insurance, power and builders were estimated to be 2 weeks away - so how were these people meant to get fuel, water, food ?? let alone keep their jobs?
I could be fined for helping these people -
I am asking that the OFT and state government allow people with police checks, and have other forms of high security identification and experience in emergency management like myself, quick approval process to get exemptions to assist in state of emergencies. And to drop this matter.
I will and have funded myself my group QLD FOOD BANK - Is it right that we can get into trouble for people who want to give their own products to someone to take somewhere they cant get to (due to work, logisitics etc).
I am not collecting money - If someone wishes to sponsor a food parcel for us to give out as we have the time and resources - people can pay and be issued with a legitimate receipt of the goods as a retail purchase feom our business. This is not a breach of xollections. Its a social responsible business.
I was co-founder of a group during the Cyclone Debbie Recovery - however myself and other the groups co-founder have gone our own ways due to different goals - mine has always been FREE AID and emergency management support to services and community members in our training and abilities - so QLD FOOD BANK was born and NDMS (National Disaster Management Services - We hope to be an alliance with councils and organisations whom travel to north qld where we can assist with our local knowledge and technical skills and contacts and help communication with the community)
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