Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner has announced a $100,000 Brisbane City Council donation to charities assisting residents across Queensland impacted by devastating bushfires.

Cr Schrinner said the donation would be distributed among five charities including St Vincent de Paul, Red Cross, Salvation Army, GIVIT and Lifeline.

“When Brisbane faced devastating floods in 2011, people from across Queensland came to our aid. Now it’s our turn to support our neighbours in their time of need,” he said.

“In the past week these charities have provided emergency assistance to Queensland residents in so many ways, from counselling to providing accommodation, clothing and toiletries to families who have lost everything.

“I want to thank our courageous firefighters, police force, community groups and the other emergency services, for their incredible efforts over the past few weeks.”

Cr Schrinner encouraged the community to donate to the charities to help people affected by recent bushfires.

“People have lost their homes, their possessions and in some cases, their livelihood. The charities are doing an outstanding job supporting residents who are struggling right now,” he said.

“I encourage residents to donate to these charities, if there is anything you can spare, big or small, your contribution will help make a difference.

“This support will be vital to the affected communities, while they begin to recover and rebuild, and Council will continue to assist in any way possible.

“It is still important that residents remain prepared, as the threat of bush fires will be with us for several more months.

“I urge the community to remain vigilant, have an emergency action plan in place if necessary and be prepared, in case the worst were to happen.

“Queensland Fire and Emergency Services are the lead authority for bushfires, and I urge the community to follow their advice throughout bushfire season.”