Call for volunteers to help the region's clean up effort

IT'S time to clean up the region after the devating floods.

Gladstone Mayor Gail Sellers has called on the community to volunteer on Saturday from 9am to help clean up outlying townships and calls on volunteers to help take part.

She said these clean ups would not be possible without the help of the region's dedicated volunteers.

"We are currently calling on volunteers for several locations around the region including the Boyne Valley, Lowmead, Baffle Creek, Benaraby and the Boyne/Tannum area," Cr Sellers said.

"Volunteers are urged to take care when driving and that a four wheel drive will be necessary to access some of these areas.

"All volunteers are required to meet no later than 9am at each collection point so they can be redirected to different parts of the area.

"More volunteer clean up efforts will be organised for the Rosedale and Pikes Crossing areas when flood waters recede."

Volunteers should wear closed in shoes and sunscreen and bring with them a hat, insect repellent, lots of water and their own lunch.

If possible, people are asked to bring any rags, shovels, buckets, brooms, wheelbarrows or rakes they may have to help with the clean up efforts.

Anyone interested in volunteering needs to register on the Volunteers Queensland website http://www.emergencyvolunteering.com.au/home/ where they can register their skills and availability.

The table below outlines clean up locations and attending Councillors;

  • Volunteers are to meet at Builyan State School for Boyne Valley cleanup: Cr Matt Burnett, Cr Leo Neill-Ballantine and Cr Porter
  • Volunteers are to meet at Lowmead via John Clifford Way and the clean up is coordinated by the Rotary Club of Gladstone: Cr Colin Chapman
  • Vounteers for the Baffle Creek clean up are to meet at SES Grounds on Coast Road, the clean up will be coordinated by the local rural fire brigade and SES: Cr Rick Hansen and Cr Lanzon
  • Volunteers for the Boyne/Tannum/Benaraby clean up are to meet at Lions Park, Boyne Island: Cr Brushe  Boyne/Tannum/Benaraby


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