auDA Donates $42,000 To Australia’s Bushfire-Affected Communities Following February Promotion

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Following the announcement in January that auDA would donate $1 for every .au domain name created in February to help the recovery of Australian communities affected by the recent bushfires, they have announced they will be donating A$41,712 (US$25,665) to the Foundation for Regional and Rural Renewal’s (FRRR) Disaster Resilience and Recovery Fund.

The FRRR Disaster Resilience and Recovery Fund is an ongoing initiative providing funding for community-led projects in the 12-18 months after a disaster occurs and also helps rural communities better prepare for future disaster events and they will benefit from the 41,712 .au domain names that were created in February.

“We’re extremely proud to support the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal’s work in helping the recovery of Australian communities directly affected by the recent fires. “FRRR’s community-led approach is one we strongly support and believe makes a real difference to affected communities,” said auDA CEO, Rosemary Sinclair AM.

“FRRR has been overwhelmed by the support we’ve received for bushfire recovery, and we’re heartened by the increasing awareness and understanding of the need for long-term support to be available for affected communities,” said FRRR Partnerships and Services Manager, Sarah Matthee.

“I thank auDA and the Australian internet community for their generosity and know that fire-affected communities will be grateful, too.”

In January auDA also implemented a temporary Major Disaster Policy aimed at giving businesses, associations and individuals extra time to renew their domain names or respond to complaints while they were dealing with the immediate effects of the bushfires.

This policy was automatically applied to 8,620 eligible .au domain names based on the postcode listed in the registrant contact information.