The State Government would contribute $1million towards an aid package for victims of the cyclone in Burma, Treasurer Eric Ripper announced today.
Mr Ripper said the funding would be given to the Red Cross aid effort, following the disaster which reportedly had killed or injured an estimated 22,000 people with double that number missing and up to a million left homeless.
“One of our neighbours has suffered a catastrophe and like any good neighbour, we are doing what we can to help,” he said.
“I am sure the thoughts of all Western Australians are with those people in Burma who have suffered as a result of this tragedy and that they would warmly welcome this funding.”
The Treasurer said WA’s contribution was double that of Victoria, while the Commonwealth Government had pledged an initial $3million.
Mr Ripper said WA had a proud history of standing by neighbouring States and nations in need and had contributed generously following the Boxing Day Asian tsunami crisis in 2004.
“The people of WA are enjoying prosperous economic times but they also recognise real hardship and are always there to lend a hand to those who need it most,” he said.
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