Police have issued a statement asking the that the community do not donate goods to victims of the bushfires at this time as it is more costly.
''Bushfires impacting on communities and the intense media coverage that it has received can stir up strong emotions and a keen desire to help from local and surrounding communities and, more widely, throughout NSW and other parts of Australia.
This public generosity and care following a disaster plays a significant role in individual and community recovery. It reflects broader community sentiment and helps those affected to feel supported, and more positive and confident about the rebuilding tasks ahead.
Money is the most useful donation because it provides flexibility and choice to meet immediate needs. It also circulates in the affected community, stimulating faster recovery for the local economy.
However, much of the public’s goodwill can result in unsolicited donations of second-hand goods. This response is less helpful and can actually undermine recovery efforts and community resilience.
The influx of donated goods quickly exceeds actual need. The coordination of this is costly and time consuming for government and agencies.
Unless we ask for them goods donated are often expensive to sort, store, distribute and dispose of.
Members of the public who wish to donate can do so through the Salvation Army, Australian Red Cross, the St Vincent De Paul Society NSW or the Blue Mountains City Council Mayoral Relief Fund.''