Mayor urges Coasters' aid

THE lives of residents in food ravaged Queensland have been turned upside down, with some being left with nothing.

Twenty-two cities and towns in Queensland are affected by flood water covering an area the size of New South Wales.

While some of those areas are able to start a recovery phase, others are still waiting for rivers to peak, prompting the Gold Coast City Council to call on Gold Coasters for help.

The flood-affected communities are in urgent need of qualified tradesmen and women before residents can return to their homes.

Gold Coast Mayor Ron Clarke is calling on qualified tradespeople to help those in need.

“I call on any qualified Gold Coast-based tradespeople who have the capacity to help to get in touch with the relevant authorities,” Cr Clarke said. “There are thousands of homes across Emerald, Alpha and Jericho which need to be checked.

“This is the chance for tradespeople to get behind their fellow Queenslanders and show the spirit that we are famous for.”

Gold Coast Economic Development Committee chair Susie Douglas said getting involved was easy.

“For the Central Highlands (Emerald, Jericho and Alpha), they can contact mayor@chrc.qld.gov.au or the chief executive officer at bottone@chrc.qld.gov.au to register in the first instance,” she said.

The council has also supplied 1000 beds to assist with the flood crisis in Emerald.

The council's disaster management unit executive coordinator Peter McNamee said Queensland needed to pull together.

“The floods across much of Central Queensland are a real reminder about the vulnerability of some communities during natural disasters,” Mr McNamee said. “We are only too happy to do our bit to assist the residents of Emerald and remain on stand-by to assist again if the call comes our way.

“The spirit of Queenslanders and all Australians often comes to the forefront when natural disasters strike and I wish the state disaster management coordinators, and the people of Emerald, the best as they tackle this crisis.”

Queenslanders can donate to the Premier's Flood Relief appeal by calling 1800 219 028.



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