The NSW Government is contributing $1 million to the UNICEF’s Türkiye-Syria earthquake relief effort.
The money will assist UNICEF with their work on the ground to provide immediate assistance to those who have injured and evacuated during the disaster.
Thousands of people are estimated to have been killed by the two earthquakes earlier this week, with both countries faced with immense response and recovery operations
NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet said the NSW Government would do all it could to assist the international response effort.
“The scale of devastation in Türkiye and Syria is difficult to comprehend, and it is without hesitation that we have pushed these funds out to support UNICEF in those broken regions,” Mr Perrottet said.
“We are also providing practical aid and assistance where we can – Fire and Rescue NSW is already deploying highly skilled emergency personnel to Türkiye, and we are looking at more ways to support the response and recovery operation.
“I want to let everyone impacted by this tragedy know that the NSW Government and the people of NSW stand with you.”
Minister for Multiculturalism Mark Coure said images of the destruction and the loss of life is heartbreaking.
“As a multicultural society, we are connected to all parts of the world through our people, and I know there are hundreds of families across our state with friends, family and loved ones in the affected areas,” Mr Coure said.
“This contribution and practical aid we are sending is about helping those in Türkiye and Syria, and showing communities connected to these countries that they are not alone.”
A black ribbon, a symbol of remembrance and mourning, is also being projected on the sails of the Sydney Opera House tonight in solidarity with the people of Türkiye and Syria.