In the wake of the recent devastating Granite Belt bushfires, all efforts have turned to the recovery process to help support the local community get back on their feet. A great number of generous individuals from within the Southern Downs Regions, as well as further afield, have already begun to offer support for those affected.

GIVIT, a national not-for-profit, visited Stanthorpe on 12 September, to focus on coordinating all of the generous donations from across Australia to ensure they are matched to local residents’ needs.  Focus is also placed on working with the local organisations on the Granite Belt. This helps to ensure the support and assistance gets to those who need it most, and truly help make a difference.

GIVIT Founder and Director Juliette Wright and Southern Downs Regional Council Mayor Tracy Dobie observed the Recovery Hub in action and discussed how the two organisations will partner together during this crucial re-building process. To best help communities affected by Queensland bushfires, it is encouraged to donate funds, goods and services online at

GIVIT is free, private and easy to use, and currently supports more than 2700 charities across Australia. If you are a local charity or community service provider wanting to access donated goods and services, please register with GIVIT.

Readers also enjoyed our story Winning Student.