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The Lord Mayor’s Distress Relief Fund (the Fund) was established in 1961, following the disastrous Dwellingup fires where 123 people were left homeless and the timber towns of Holyoake, Nanga Brook, Marrinup and Banksiadale were completely burnt out. The Fund was established in conjunction with the State Government to provide financial assistance to individuals for the alleviation and relief of distress, suffering and personal hardships, brought about by any disaster or emergency within Western Australia declared by the Western Australian Government or for which the LMDRF Board considers assistance is warranted.

The Fund is incorporated under the Charitable Collections Act and has Australian Taxation Office tax deductibility status. The Fund is administered by an independent Board which consists of up to 11 members.

The City of Perth has supported the Fund since its inception. The City of Perth seeks no reimbursement for the costs associated with providing support to the Fund. 100% of donations raised through appeals goes directly to those in need.

LMDRF is currently seeking 2-3 new board members with expertise in one or more of the following key areas:

  • Law/Legal issues
  • Government
  • Community
  • Governance
  • Public Relations
  • Emergency Management
  • Not-for-profit board experience
  • LMDRF is also seeking applicants with a desire to develop board leadership (position holding) experience.
  • Knowledge and understanding of all relevant legislation, obligations and regulatory frameworks

Expressions of Interest Process
Expressions of Interest to join the LMDRF Board, (comprising a single page covering letter briefly addressing the Key Selection Criteria and a CV), addressed to Michelle Reynolds, Secretary, can be sent to

A Selection Committee consisting of Board members and the Presiding Officer will interview potential new members before making a recommendation to the Board regarding the application.

Expression of Interest - Board Members LMDRF

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