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January 15, 2020 Association No Comments Email Email

As many of you are aware from reports in the media, Australia is experiencing catastrophic bush fires in some parts of the country.  These bushfires have already ravaged more than 6 million hectares of land, devastating the people and animals who live there.

We have received, and continue to receive, many messages of concern and support from Skalleagues around the world and this is greatly appreciated.

As with all natural disasters, lives have been lost, homes, businesses and much property and wildlife has being destroyed. The livelihoods of many have been severely impacted.

The widespread publicity both within Australia and globally will no doubt have an impact on our travel and tourism industries and that will directly affect many of our Skal members.

While it is natural to feel powerless at such times, the most effective way for you to assist is to continue with your plans to visit Australia and experience the magic of our beautiful country…to put things in perspective, 99% of Australia has not been effected by these bushfires and it is ‘business as usual’!

Most destinations in Australia remain safe and continue to welcome visitors. All international airports in Australia are operating as normal. For an update on areas affected by the fires, go to the following link …https://www.australia.com/en/travel-alerts.html?cid=DM52497&bid=25305138

and please circulate this through your networks.

It is at times such as these there is some comfort in reflecting that we are part of a global organisation in Skal International that offers not only moral support and well wishes, but also potential financial support through the Florimund Volkaert Fund for members severely impacted by natural disasters.

We look forward to welcoming you, your family, friends and clients when you next visit Australia!

Skal!

Alfred Merse – President SIA

9 January 2020

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