Origin will donate $300,000 to the Australian Red Cross and state-based rural fire services to support communities affected by the ongoing bushfire crisis.

“Severe bushfires over the past two months have had a devastating impact on lives and property across the east coast,” Origin chief executive officer, Frank Calabria, said.

“In recognition of the tens of thousands of volunteers who are working tirelessly to help members of the community affected by these tragic events, Origin will be donating $300,000 to the Australian Red Cross disaster relief fund, the New South Wales and Queensland Rural Fire Services and the Victorian Country Fire Authority to help them provide practical assistance where it is needed.

“We have been working closely with the NSW RFS on ensuring our generation assets, in particular, Eraring Power Station at Lake Macquarie and the Shoalhaven Pumped Hydro Scheme in the Kangaroo Valley, are prepared for the ongoing bushfire threat,” Mr Calabria said.

Origin employees who volunteer for bushfire efforts will be eligible for increased community service leave and employee donations to bushfire-affected communities made through the Origin Foundation will be matched dollar-for-dollar.

Short and longer-term assistance is available to customers in bushfire and drought-affected areas. Customers experiencing financial difficulties can request a payment extension online in a few clicks through MyAccount or connect via Contact Us on our website. For longer-term relief, there is dedicated hardship assistance available.

“We encourage anyone who needs help with their account to contact us for assistance,” Mr Calabria said.

Origin has committed a total of $400,000 to drought and bushfire relief and recovery causes this season.

More information for Origin customers impacted by bushfires can be found here.

For further information:

Craig Simonetto
Mobile: +61 413 722 281