Reconstruction authority welcomed
THE reception the Queensland Reconstruction Authority is getting as we move around the state is special.
Communities, councils and individuals, many of whom have been dealt terrible blows, personally and collectively, have been very forthcoming.
The armies of volunteers who have gone in with a shovel and a mop and made themselves useful, in the flood-affected homes and businesses of people they did not even know, are inspiring. I know it is early and there is such a long way to go, but thanks to each and every one of them.
To listen to Toowoomba mayor Peter Taylor tell of 230mm of rain falling in 30 minutes in his city is almost to question him – but when you see first hand what that rain cell did over Toowoomba and in the Lockyer Valley on January 10, it brings home this it is no figment. The Lockyer Valley is a special case and the havoc caused by the inland tsunami there is beyond belief.
The rebuild will take time, money and patience.
It is great to see the Commonwealth Bank has set aside $50 million and the RACQ $20 million to help their respective home insurance customers affected by recent floods.
These compassionate funds will go a long way to take some pressure off the Premier's appeal fund by supporting people who have been paying their insurance, but might not be covered by the definition.
Others in the insurance industry would do well to take a leaf out of their books.
In the midst of all of this we need to look out for each other.
By all means help with a shovel or a gurney, but keep an eye on neighbours and friends and even yourself.
If you are having a tough day – and we all have them – call a mate, see your GP, call your local community health centre, or give Lifeline (13 11 14) or the Australian Red Cross (1800 733 111) a call.
For people wanting to make donations, the best way is by logging on to www.qld.gov.au/flood