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Councillor Nicole Johnston Flood Recovery Update

Submitted by Nicole Johnston on Wed, 26/01/2011 - 8:58am

Hi Everyone,
Council's efforts are now moving into a recovery phase with the initial emergency flood response now completed.
Well done to all our wonderful schools who have not only welcomed back students today, but over the past two weeks provided help and support for our local community. We hope Milperra High School at Chelmer will be back bigger and better than ever in a few months following repairs.
There are so many people to thank for their extraordinary efforts. Over the weekend our local area was again blessed with many volunteers in people's homes and also in our local parks. Many corporate volunteers, regional councils, multi-cultural groups, schools and church groups were active in the local area. Your efforts are most welcome and appreciated and there is still so much to do in Tennyson Ward over coming weeks and months.
About one-third of homes in the ward were flood affected and dozens of parks and playgrounds and community groups went under. At Tennyson the flood mark was 9.02m which gives you some idea of how the river was certainly a different heights depending on where the reading was taken.
Today and tomorrow Council will be doing another sweep through the ward to pick up cub-side collections. Please put unwanted goods on the side of the road until Sunday 30 January. Remember tips are also free and open extended hours.
We still have no office, but are trying to respond to all the generous offers of support and get our services to you running again from our living room! The office number 3403 8605 is diverting directly to me and our email is working
Nicole Johnston


The Queensland State Government has opened the first round of its emergency assistance funding from the Premier's Disaster Relief Appeal.
This is new funding in addition to any you may have already received.
Who Is eligible?
If your principal place of residence (your home) was flooded (includes renters or owners) into the living areas making your home uninhabitable you will qualify. There are also hardship criteria.
How much is available?
$2,000 per adult and $1,000 per child (into a bank account).
When do I apply?
Applications are now open until 31 March 2011.
Where do I apply?
In person at the Community Disaster Recovery Centres:

  • Yeronga State School, Park Rd Yeronga
  • St Aidan's School Hall, Aidan's Way Corinda

By Phone: 1802266
By Fax: 132115
By post: Premier's Disaster Relief Appeal, Locked Bag 55 GPO, Brisbane Qld 4001


Council has announced that it will be reviewing the City Plan 2000, the planning guidelines that regulates development and building in Brisbane.
This is good news and hopefully some sensible changes can be agreed to help mitigate the impact of any future floods in low lying areas.
If you have any specific questions about rebuilding, particularly if you want to raise your house please email the Council Flood Hotline at
You are also welcome to call me on 3403 8605.


Yeronga State School Recovery Centre OPEN
Yeronga State School's Community Recovery Centre is still open all week for breakfast, lunch and dinner. You can apply for the Premier's Disaster Funding in person and then enjoy some respite from the wonderful volunteers at the school.
** Donations Needed **
Deodorant, washing powder, Non-perishable food items, spreadable toppings (eg vegemite and peanut butter), men's work socks sizes 10 and 11, towels and storage containers.
Please deliver to the School.

Sherwood State School P&C Update

Sherwood State School P&C has established a buddy programme matching affected school families with donated goods from the community they need. This beautiful, discrete and personalised approach will help dozens of Sherwood families to get home sooner. For local families looking to help or donate items please visit the School's website here.
Thank you to Nic Ward and all the Sherwood Mums and Dads who have been quietly working away to help those in need.


Flood Relief
The following financial relief is being provided to Brisbane ratepayers:

  • Flood affected households will have an extra 30 days to pay their rates
  • Flood affected homes will receive a $100 rebate on their water bill (no water restrictions apply)
  • Council will not operate parking meters nor enforce timed parking zones and parking bays for 30 days in flood affected areas

Please contact your service provider to arrange an extension on any other bills.
Library Books
Please report any library books damaged or lost due to the floods by Friday, 11 February for record purposes and to avoid charges for the damaged books.
Overdue fees are also being waived for flood affected residents.
Please ring your local library or Council on 3403 8888. Your library card or another form of identification will be required when reporting the damaged item.
Willawong Transfer Station, 360 Sherbrooke Rd is open for free tipping between 6am - 9pm daily until further notice.
Normal wheelie Bin rubbish pick-ups resume this week - please put your bin out as normal for your day of service.
Curbside collections continue until 30 January 2011. Please put your rubbish on the footpath. Sweeps through the ward are currently underway to day and tomorrow. Please separate hazardous items.


There are two disaster State Government recovery centres in the ward.

  • St Aidan's School Hall, Corner Kathleen & Aidan's Way, Corinda (opposite the rail station)


  • Yeronga State School Hall, Park Rd, Yeronga

* Free breakfast, lunch and dinner, drinks, sandwiches, respite, cleaning products, family relief packs, food, clothing, fresh bread and more
A big thank you to the Yeronga State School P&C who have been brilliant in their support for our community. Please drop if you are flood affected and living in the area.
Operating hours 8.30am - 5pm (7 days per week)

  • Financial grants and assistance
  • Cash grants
  • Financial aid for structural
  • Housing support
  • Centrelink
  • Small business grants
  • Community group grants
  • Banking services

Please bring your ID if possible.


Free vaccinations will be available to all flood affected residents and volunteers.
When - Tuesday, 25 January
Where - St Aidans School Hall, Aidan's Way Corinda
Time - 9am - 11am


SES 132500 - Emergency assistance
Police (emergency 000) or comms centre 131 444
Brisbane City Council 3403 8888 - 24/7 assistance with Council matters
Road Closures 131940 - which roads are open
Energex 131962 - electricity advice
Federal Government Grants 1802266 - financial grants and assistance advice
Queensland Government Grants 1800 173 349 - financial grants and assistance advice
Queensland Disaster Recovery Centre 1800 173 349 - flood advice and support
Translink 131230 - public transport advice or
Red Cross 1800727 077 - flood advice and support
Salvation Army 1300 363 622 - flood advice and support
Qld Health 13432584 - public health information
DERM Snake catchers (free) 0402 016220/0421455077 - unwanted snakes
Maritime Qld 3860 3583 - lost items in the River
If you need an electrician to check that it is safe to turn the power on. Please contact the MASTER ELECTRICIANS on 1300 889 198.