The bush fire situation in Australia continues nationally. Monetary donations are the best way to help right now, providing more flexibility than the donation of material items.
If you want to do your bit, please make sure you are donating to a registered, reputable charity. Some of these are:
In December, City of Newcastle committed $1.8m to the construction of a new local emergency operations centre so that various emergency agencies can together coordinate a city wide response to a natural disaster when required. The ouncil has plant and people available to assist those communities that are either fighting for their lives or dealing with the tragedy of a clean up. City of Newcastle will be joining with the NSW Government, making its resources available as part of a Bushfire Council Coordination Service offering assistance and support for fire affected local areas.