Council help in flood recovery

4 March 2022

Join the ‘Moreton Army’ to help our flood recovery

Join the ‘Moreton Army’ to help our flood recovery

Moreton Bay’s very own ‘mud army’ will deployed on Friday, and locals are being encouraged to register with Volunteering Queensland to be part of the crew.

Mayor Peter Flannery made the announcement today and said it was the perfect time to help your community.

“Council has already received hundreds of requests from good Samaritans offering to volunteer their time to the recovery effort and now they can do so through the new ‘Moreton Army’,” Mayor Flannery said.

“It’s been heartbreaking to see firsthand the devasting impact these storms have had on various communities across Moreton Bay.

“I will never forget the couple I met in Deception Bay, who after losing all their belongings, waded through flood waters to save the lives of two 12-year-old boys stranded on the roof of a car.

“While no one should put themselves in danger by entering flood waters, this is just one of many stories of resilience and community spirit that are coming out of what’s been the worst rain event Moreton Bay has seen in 130 years.

“The one thing I’ve heard over and over is that Moreton Bay residents want to volunteer their time to help the flood recovery, just like the mud army of Brisbane in the 2011 floods.

“Well, now we’ve created our very own ‘Moreton Army’ that anyone can sign up to through the Volunteering Queensland website.

“Once we have had a chance to process the registrations, Council will deploy and coordinate the first Moreton Army troops to hit the ground on Friday.

“This will entail simple activities like clean-ups and directing residents affected by the floods to services like insurance and state and federal grant money.

“I’d like to thank the Moreton Bay community for their patience and resilience they’ve shown so far – it’s a privilege to be leading a community that’s pulled together so well right now, enabling us to focus on the crisis areas in most need.

“The reality is that this clean-up and recovery process will take multiple weeks and will take ongoing support from the community if we’re to get through this together.

“Council has already covered hundreds of potholes across the region, we’ve opened our waste facilities to free disaster dumping, deployed skip bins to the worst affect areas, we’re assessing 2,000 properties that have been impacted by floods, and many more initiatives.

“We will continue to get on the front foot with all recovery efforts and are doing everything we can to help get Moreton Bay back to normality as quickly as possible.”

Register your interest for the Moreton Army here: https://volunteeringqld.org.au/blog/2127-qld-ev-vols-update

FREE DUMPING

Got some damaged bulky items that you need to get rid of due to the flood? 🛏 🛋We’ve got you sorted 🙌

We have opened ALL of our waste management facilities to accept disaster waste FREE of charge and removed size load limits.

Thank you to Queensland Government for approving a waste levy exemption, which will allow us to process these bulky items without it costing millions of dollars to ratepayers 🙏

⏰Please note delays can be expected during peak hours so makes sure you suss out the live-streamed cameras at our major waste facilities before heading out 👉 mbrc.link/waste-facilities

Cleanaway kerbside bin collection services have also resumed this week, however services will be affected due to road closures, so please remain patient and be kind to our workers.

We are also deploying skip bins to the most affected areas of Moreton Bay. You may be eligible for a skip bin.
Please contact our call centre on (07) 3205 0555 or 1300 477 161 to request a skip bin.

Find out more 👉 mbrc.link/8tnbw3

Note: The Hills & Districts Chamber of Commerce Inc advises that the views, thoughts, and opinions expressed in this post belong solely to the author, and not necessarily to the Chamber, or a committee or other group or individual associated with the Chamber.

Matt Constance

Matt Constance is the Division 10 Councillor for Moreton Bay Regional Council and an active Chamber member and supporter

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