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Curragh responds to Cyclone Marcia

When the category 5 severe tropical cyclone Marcia struck the Central Queensland coastal towns of Yeppoon and Rockhampton on 20 February 2015 Curragh employees immediately responded to provide much needed assistance to these communities, where a number of employees’ families reside.

Employees in Blackwater mobilised vehicles, portable generators and other equipment and moved it to the coast and provided support for offshift workers who were in the affected areas at the time of the cyclone. Even as the initial emergency response was still underway the business began putting in place a $25,000 Community Grant Program for affected community organisations. The General Manager of Wesfarmers Curragh, Craig McCabe, said he wanted to ensure that the funds went directly to local organisations who needed the support.

Community-based organisations provide valuable services and it’s important that in times like this we are responsive to those needs and provide direct support to help them get back up and running as soon as possible.” Mr McCabe said.

Through the Community Grant Program, Curragh supported 24 organisations including junior sporting teams, school parents and citizens associations, kindergartens, youth groups and historical societies with financial support ranging from $800 to $1,600 depending on their needs and circumstances.