Bundaberg Flood Relief

A flood relief project 

     In January 2013, ex-Tropical Cyclone Oswald brought devastating storms, tornados and severe flooding to coastal areas of Queensland. In Bundaberg in the Wide Bay-Burnett region more than 7,500 residents were displaced, 3000 homes inundated and 200 homes destroyed with damage exceeding A$2.4 billion. 

                                                                Bundaberg January 2013

   The Rotary Club of Noosa responded with a cash donation of $6,000 and an appeal that raised a further $4,600, but a greater need was seen and collection of relief goods began from communities along the Sunshine Coast. Our communities responded with huge amounts of clothing, white goods and household items and, as clothing was not required in Bundaberg, a two week “garage sale” was held that raised over $5,000. The volume of donations was so great that Bunnings Noosa donated the use of a large warehouse to accommodate the influx of goods, without which a project of this scale would not have been possible.

  The Sheraton Noosa was beginning a major refurbishment and donated furniture and white goods with a value of over $1 million to  The Salvation Army Bundaberg and the Rotary Club of Bundaberg Sunrise to refurnish some of the 300 homes worst affected by the massive flooding. 

  Many businesses in the Noosa area donated trucks, trailers, equipment and a forklift to assist with the massive task of loading and transporting 22 truckloads of urgently needed goods.
                          Loading at the Sheraton Noosa

  Access to the Sheraton is limited to small trucks so we supplemented these with trailers towed by cars and utilities that proved to be not only a fast turnaround but moved an incredible amount of goods in a relatively short time.

Members of the State Emergency Service from nearby Tewantin, Cooroy and Pomona were asked for help and they spent many days loading the trucks and semi-trailers, assisted by members of Lions Clubs of Tewantin Noosa, Cooroy Pomona and Peregian and the Rotary Clubs of Noosa, Noosa Heads and Cooroy with many other community spirited people who gave so generously of their time.
                                      The State Emergency Service loading a Wimmers semi-trailer
   The response to our flood relief efforts from our community has been overwhelming with over 60 companies and individuals contributing time and equipment for those in need.
   This project, that began in February and ran for sebveral months, not only gave vital and timely support to relief efforts in Bundaberg but has strengthened our ties with other community organisations and, indeed, our community.
Some images from the project:
(Update in progress)