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Floodageddon 2011

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The following information is supplied by myself as a one stop shop for information.  It is correct at the time of publishing but please do not rely on this info fully.  It is intended as a guide only.  Please refer to official channels such as the Queensland Police Service Facebook page which is listed below for more accurate and up to date information.

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Queensland is facing its worse ever natural disaster as flooding causes wide spread havoc which is affecting most of the state.

The Queensland Premier, Anna Bligh has launched the Queensland Premiers Flood Relief Appeal to help raise funds for Queenslanders, many of whom do not have flood insurance.

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Here is how you can donate:

Donate at any QLD branch of:

Bank Of QLD

Commonwealth Bank

NAB

Westpac

ANZ

Suncorp

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or donate online here

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or call 1800 219 028 and use your credit card

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or donate at Coles or Woolworths Supermarkets at the cash registers

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You can also make a direct EFT payment

Account Name: Premier’s Disaster Relief Appeal
BSB: 064 013
Account number: 1000 6800

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If you wish to volunteer to assist people in their time of need, you can do so by registering your interest here

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Friends and Relatives can call 1300 993 191 for info on missing loved ones

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The number for the State Emergency Service is 132500

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Follow the QLD Police Service on Facebook  for up to date information here

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The Brisbane City Council site shows road closures due to floods here

Moreton Bay Regional Council road closures here

Logan City Council road closures here

Redland Council road closures here

Gold Coast City Council road closures here

Sunshine Coast Regional Council road closures and other info here

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Brisbane City Secondary Flood Maps click here or if that page is down the archive is here

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Click here to for general information.

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For those with hearing difficulties here is special video for you.

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Sandbags are available (at time of inputting):

  • Guyatt Park, Bryce Street, St Lucia
  • Botticelli Street Park, Botticelli Street, Fig Tree Pocket
  • Hawthorne Park, Cnr Park and Oak Street, East Brisbane
  • Perrin Park, Josling St, Taringa
  • Darra Works Depot, Shamrock Rd, Darra
  • Morningside Works Depot, Redfern Street, Morningside
  • Newmarket SES Depot, Wilston Rd, Newmarket (in carpark off Erneton Street)
  • Zillmere Works Depot, Jennings Street, Zillmere
  • Stafford Works Depot, Turner Road, Kedron

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QLD Health Disaster Management Plan is available here

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I’ll add more info as I get it.

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Please be safe everybody.

Videos showing the floods:

This shows the force of the flash flood in Toowoomba

A rescue in Toowoomba

A river of cars in this 5 mins of footage in Toowoomba

The water is gone in Toowoomba and this one example of the destruction

This is where the cars ended up from the flash flood in Toowoomba

A tour of the flooded streets of Brisbane at boat level

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Some pictures of the devastating floods taken by me or credited to others.

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If you have a video or photo you want posted here, please email me jack.mcclane@bigpond.com


Australia – A whole lot of little communities

What a big place, Australia is. It’s huge.  With a land mass of over 7,000,000 square kilometres and over 34,000 kilometres of coastline and with a population of only 21,000,000 people, there is a lot of space.  A lot of space.  In comparison, the USA has a land mass of just over 9,000,000 square kilometres which is about 22% bigger than Australia, but with a population of over 300,000,000, more than 15 times more than Australia.

The Commonwealth of Australia has 6 states (Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania, Western Australia) and 2 territories (Northern Territory and The Australian Capital Territory) of which each has a capital city.  In between these capital cities there is hundreds or thousands of kilometres of road. Along each road is dotted with small communities, which in Australia we call towns.  Don’t be fooled.  It is these towns that are the life blood of Australia as they are the ones with the primary industries that support the people in the big cities.

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When you compare the population and land masses between Australia and the USA you begin to appreciate the massive distances between towns.  It is huge.  It is not uncommon for people to drive 10 hours each way to visit a specialist because their local doctors are just general practitioners and the expertise required is over 1,000 kilometres away in the bigger hospitals.  In case of emergencies, rural Australian’s must rely on The Royal Flying Doctor Service to fly them to help.  The RFDS is a not for profit organisation which doesn’t charge for its services and relies on the government and the community to keep its 50 odd planes in the air.  In fact, without the community the RFDS would probably struggle to stay in the air and peoples’ lives would be in jeopardy.

So community is very important to rural Australia.  It is not uncommon to see fundraising events like quiz nights, bachelor and spinster balls, BBQ’s, bingo nights, chook raffles etc which all raise funds for worthy causes, like the RFDS.

Perhaps one of the greatest examples of communities supporting each other was during the horrific Black Saturday bushfires which ravaged the Victorian rural countryside on February 7, 2009.  173 people died with scores more injured and thousands of homes lost.  It was the worst natural disaster in Australian history.  Yet from the ashes the community banded together.  The world renowned Aussie mateship came to the fore and strangers helped people like never before.  The country rallied.  The call went out and millions of dollars was raised to assist those devastated by the fires.  It wasn’t just people in the bush who contributed.  People from the cities gave by the bucket loads.  Many hopped in their cars and drove thousands of kilometres to assist the people to start the process of rebuilding.  Volunteer fire fighters from around the country, left their desks at their normal jobs, kissed their spouses and kids goodbye, pulled on their yellow protective suits and headed to the inferno to assist people they had never met.  It is fair to say that these brave men and women along with members of the SES (State Emergency Service) and all volunteers show what the true meaning of community is.  It’s about helping your mates.  It’s about helping your neighbours.  It’s about helping your fellow man.

Donate for a mate!

So next time you see a donation tin at the local shops, or see a sausage sizzle to support the local SES or RFB, dig deep and support where you can.  Whether it is volunteering for Meals on Wheels, or at the local hospital reading to the elderly or playing with sick kids, it is assisting your local community.

Australia is a big place and it is filled of thousands of little communities.  Each community is unique and has their own way of doing things.  The outback towns of North Queensland to the small communities in the Kimberley Region of Western Australia, to the small dairy communities of Tasmania all differ but one thing is common.  They support each other.

It is safe to say that without the little communities then Australia would cease to function as I am sure would most countries around the world if their own communities stopped working together.  So join in and contribute and make your community the best it can be.

I recently became aware of a little community in the United States, called Grand Rapids in Michigan.  They have a great little network of citizens who meet and network to promote their own town.  I believe that a lot of Australian towns could benefit from a structured and combined effort to promote their own community and if they use Grand Rapids as an example, then business could boom.  Click here for a link to their website.

So tell me about your community.  What makes it so special?  What do you do to promote your community not only locally but nationally and internationally?  What is your community renowned for?