Money Ready Toolkit wins Get Ready Queensland Resilient Australia Award

Good Shepherd Microfinance’s Money Ready Toolkit has been awarded by the Queensland Government for its contribution to disaster relief and resilience, as part of this year’s Get Ready Queensland Resilient Australia Awards.

The Money Ready Toolkit was developed with the aim of giving Queenslanders a practical, step by step guide to help them prepare their finances for the storm season.

General Manager of Innovation and Marketing at Good Shepherd Microfinance, Renee Hancock, said the Money Ready Toolkit had been developed because experience demonstrated that many people were unaware of what they could do to ensure they were financially prepared if disaster struck.

“We know that 13 per cent of Australians would be unable to raise $2,000 in an emergency and one in 10 Queenslanders don’t think their insurance would cover the cost of rebuilding their home,” Ms Hancock said.

“As a state that has more than its fair share of natural disasters, it’s important that Queenslanders are ready for anything. In a typical storm season, we can expect around four cyclones to cross the coast and Cyclone Debbie is a stark reminder of the need to be prepared. ”

“People know to prepare their property and their family for storm season. With the Money Ready Toolkit, people can now check the health of their finances, so they know they’re also financially prepared.”

Three initiatives were recognised in the award announcement today. Alongside Good Shepherd Microfinance, Logan City Council’s Flooded Road Smart Warning System and Aidforce (formerly Aidtaskers) were also acknowledged.

All three organisations will now represent Queensland in the national awards, which will take place later this year.

The Money Ready Toolkit was funded by the Queensland Government and can be downloaded at: http://goodshepherdmicrofinance.org.au/assets/files/2016/12/Money-Ready-Toolkit.pdf

Media contact: Kellie Evans – 0418 568 464

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