New signing of disaster recovery strategy
NSW/ACT Synod Moderator Rev. Dr Myung Hwa and General Secretary Rev. Dr Andrew Williams, have signed a new Memorandum of Understanding that ensures an ongoing commitment to coordinating evacuation and recovery centres along with pastoral support in times of disaster. They were joined by Synod Disaster Recovery Coordinator, Rev. Dr. Stephen Robinson at the NSW Department of Justice.
The NSW Disaster Recovery Chaplaincy Network is a multi-faith collaboration that assists people who have been dislocated and/or traumatised by recent disasters.
Other relief agencies that assist in disaster recovery were also present at the signing. This included the Salvation Army (catering), Anglicare (personal requisites and volunteers for the other agencies), ADRA (accommodation) and Red Cross (Personal support).
Floods continue to cause hardship across NSW and Victoria. In the NSW areas of Forbes and Condobolin, farmers are still grappling with the cost of lost crop after years of drought.
“The congregations in affected areas need to know that they will be upheld by the Synod, in personal and practical ways as well as financially and through prayer, as they minister in these difficult circumstances,” said Rev. Dr. Stephen Robinson.
First published on Uniting Church in Australia Assembly website.