James Hardie splashes cash
BUILDING materials company James Hardie yesterday parted with $250,000 to help flood victims in Ipswich and across Queensland
Sean O'Sullivan from James Hardie Industries presented a cheque for $75,000 and $100,000 worth of James Hardie products to the Ipswich Flood Appeal.
He said the $100,000 was enough to replace wet areas in 600 homes.
The company also donated $75,000 to the Queensland Premier's Flood Appeal with Member for Ipswich West Wayne Wendt accepting the cheque.
Mr O'Sullivan, James Hardie's vice-president of investor and media relations, said the company wanted to help after it was affected by the floods.
“James Hardie has focused on Ipswich because our main facility in the area is at Carole Park. Five of our employees lost their homes and more than 200 were impacted by the floods,” Mr O'Sullivan said.
“Our facility was closed for a period of time. It was something we felt as a company so we felt we wanted to help the company.”
Mayor Paul Pisasale said the money James Hardie donated would be turned into vouchers for James Hardie products.
“James Hardie is extending a helping hand and a helping heart,” Cr Pisasale said. “The beauty of what they're doing is helping people get back in their homes.
“When people ask me what the highest priority is, I say it isn't roads, it isn't bridges, it's people.
“The most important thing is to get the money to people quickly.”