Airline operator Regional Express has increased its financial support to the North Queensland flood recovery appeal by $500,000.
Rex said its $500,000 contribution to the Townsville region brought the total amount through the Rex Relief Fund to $1.5 million.
It said money from the fund would be available for all relief efforts arising from natural disasters like drought, floods and fire.
Community groups working to alleviate the impact of natural disasters will be able to apply to draw from the fund in the form of $4 of travel on the Rex network for every $1 raised by the community groups.
Small businesses that are providing assistance to victims of natural disasters will also be eligible for assistance.
Rex has partnered with The Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal and will also be collecting donations on all flights and on the ground to go towards its Strengthening Rural Communities program.
“The FRRR provides flexible grants for regional communities challenged by the volatility of Australia’s harsh climate and the impact on their livestock and crops and will complement the Rex Relief Fund in reducing the hardship of those affected,” deputy chairman John Sharp said.
“Rex’s thoughts and prayers go out to all residents of communities in regional Queensland who are facing unimaginable hardship.”
Interested parties for flood assistance may apply via the Rex website under About Rex – Sponsorship.