Volunteering to assist with Queensland flood recovery

January 19, 2011 at 8:20 am Leave a comment

Volunteering and being safe around fire hazards

I received another update from Brisbane Lord Mayor, Campbell Newman overnight which provides some terrific info on how to go about volunteering for those wishing to assist with clean up efforts after the Queensland floods.  I’ve pasted Campbell’s message below for your info – it also emphasises the importance of being safe around fire hazards – of which there are many, with all the compromised electrical circuits around the place.

Happy birthday RH1

Just before we get to Campbell’s message, a quick note to wish one of my favourite Queenslanders, Rowdy Horse 1 a very happy birthday.  May the year that follows be filled with loads of good things: love, laughter and well, good food!  xxx 🙂

Message from Campbell Newman, Lord Mayor of Brisbane

As flood-affected residents return to their homes and the clean-up continues, I would like to draw attention to the issue of fire hazards and safety.

Last night the Queensland Royal Fire Service (QRFS) reported 16 fires, with 6 of these being small electrical fires. For those homes that have been affected by floodwaters or for those properties that have been hosed down during the clean-up, please contact a licensed electrician to do a safety check of wiring and switchboards before turning on the power. All electrical equipment that may have come into contact with floodwaters should also be checked by an electrician before using. If in doubt – don’t use!

Household items that typically prove to be a problem include pool pumps, air-conditioning units and ovens. Also make sure that gas and electricity are turned off while you clean-up.

For those still keen to assist in the city clean-up, Council is calling on residents and businesses to form volunteer groups of 10 to 20 people and to register their interest with Council’ s Contact Centre on 3403 8888. For those small businesses in need of assistance with clean-up activities, please also contact Council and we will instruct a group of volunteers to come out to you.

For information on the flood clean-up and advice for residents returning to their property, Council will be distributing community newsletters out to flood-affected areas on a regular basis over the coming week. These newsletters can also be viewed on the Brisbane City Council website, click here.

Campbell Newman
LORD MAYOR

Flood Recovery Update

Public Transport
As a way to assist the flood recovery, all public transport will remain free of charge until midnight Friday, 12th of January.

The Bicentennial Bikeway, which runs below Coronation Drive, will remain closed to cyclists until it can be thoroughly inspected at normal tide.

Waste Collection

More than 67,000 tonnes of rubbish has been collected and dumped since the clean-up commenced. The 172 industrial bins located throughout flood-affected areas will continue to collect perishable items for as long as needed.

With our biggest priority to remove the rotting rubbish and debris from footpaths, Council continues to work towards its target of ensuring that by 5pm this Sunday, 23rd of January, our waste trucks will have passed through all flood-affected streets at least once.

Council’ s free tipping stations remain open from 6am to 9pm each day for residents who wish to transport their own waste.

Here are our dumping locations:

  • 1402 Nudgee Road, Nudgee
  • 360 Sherbrook Road, Willawong
  • 101 Upper Kedron Road, Ferny Grove
  • Tilley Road, Chandler (opposite the Sleeman Sports Complex)

Please avoid handling materials you suspect contains asbestos. Anyone who is unsure should leave the materials alone and contact council immediately on 3403 8888 to arrange safe removal. Do not put these materials into any bin or with items for kerbside collection. If possible, keep the materials wet and covered in plastic.

Electricity
Energex restored power to a further 4,000 homes overnight. 11,000 properties are still without power but it’s expected the majority will have power restored by Friday, where it is possible to do so.

Stormwater Drains
Council has been working hard to clear gully pits (the square drains with grates) of silt and debris in flood-affected areas. With storms predicted for today and tomorrow, residents are to report any blocked or flooded gully pits to Council on 3403 8888.

Health Issues
Council and Queensland Health continue to offer free vaccinations for all flood-affected residents and volunteers during the clean-up operation. Tomorrow, Wednesday the 19th of January, staff will be at the following locations:

  • Indooroopilly Catholic Church, Ward Street, Indooroopilly, 8.30 to 10am
  • Jamboree Heights State School, Beanland Street, Jamboree Heights, 11.30am to 1pm
  • St Aidan’s Anglican Girls School, 11 Ruthven Street, Corinda, 2.30 to 4pm

Free vaccinations are also located at Council’s various Children’s Immunisation Clinics, click here for the complete timetable.

Recovery Centres
Recovery Centres have been set up across the city as a one-stop-shop for flood affected residents. Services available at these Centres include the processing of Centrelink and State Government payments, insurance advice, onsite banking and counselling services. So we have had over 3,000 people visit the various centres.

The Centres are open from 8:30am and 5pm and are located at:

  • QEII Sports Complex, Kessels Road, Mt Gravatt
  • RNA Showgrounds Gregory Terrace, Bowen Hills
  • Indooroopilly Catholic Church Hall, Corner of Ward Street and Central Avenue, Indooroopilly
  • Yeronga State School, 122 Park Road, Yeronga
  • St Aidan’s Anglican Girls’ School, Ruthven Street, Corinda
  • St Mary’ s Anglican Church (next to St Vincent’s Hospital), 455 Main Street, Kangaroo Point
  • Jamboree Heights State School, 35 Beanland Street, Jamboree Heights

Police
Queensland Police have brought in around 100 extra staff from New South Wales, South Australia and Victoria to assist with ‘Operation Safeguard’. The operation sees an increase in high-visible police patrolling flood-affected areas, particularly at night.

Water

Council is giving a $100 rebate to cover the cost of water used by flood victims, which equates to about 50,000 litres of free water per flood-affected household. Please call Council’s Contact Centre on 3403 8888 for more information.

Contacts and information sources

Energex: 13 19 62
State Emergency Services (SES): 13 25 00
Translink: 13 12 30
Flood information hotline:
1300 993 191
For life-threatening emergencies: 000

Phone Council on 3403 8888 to report issues outside your property boundary such as flooding, downed trees, potholes, stormwater drain blockages or debris blocking roadways.

Due to high demand, Brisbane City Council is currently displaying a low bandwidth version of their website. www.brisbane.qld.gov.au

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