Storm support for thousands
Help hub scaling down as month milestone reached
Community support operations at the Queensland Government’s Jimboomba Recovery Hub are drawing to a close, as the City of Logan marks one month since the devastating Christmas Day storm.
More than 2900 visits to the hub – at the Jimboomba Library on Honora Street – have been recorded since its opening in late December.
Visitor numbers have continued to drop in recent days as the school year resumed.
Local residents still in need of general advice, assistance with grant applications, or insurance information are encouraged to visit the hub within the next week.
Logan Local Disaster Management Group chair, Mayor Darren Power, said the recovery hub has played a vital role in returning life to normal for impacted residents.
“The hub has provided important face-to-face support for those seeking financial relief, as well as being a place to access mental health services and insurance claim information,” Cr Power said.
“In times like these, people want a friendly face and an understanding ear, and we’re very thankful for the support provided from various agencies at the hub over the past few weeks.
“Where possible, Council has also provided direct advice or assistance to storm-impacted residents thanks to information gathered by our dedicated door knocking teams.
“Meanwhile, clean-up works are continuing across hundreds of local streets despite some oppressively hot conditions, with Council staff and contractors sweltering in 41-degree heat on Monday.”
Cr Power said Council staff were also monitoring the development of Tropical Cyclone Kirrily in the state’s north.
At this stage, the system is not expected to adversely impact the City of Logan, or South East Queensland.
“It feels like we’ve had a perfect storm of challenges since Christmas Day, but no matter the weather, Council remains focused on supporting our community,” Cr Power said.
“While we’ve been pleased to see the threat from Tropical Cyclone Kirrily downgraded for our region in recent days, our message to our communities remains the same.
“Throughout our summer storm season, it is important to be prepared for wilder weather, power outages or flash flooding.
“Taking some time to consider the food, medications and supplies your family might need can make all the difference, as well as staying up-to-date via Council’s online Disaster Dashboard.
“Of course, our thoughts are also with those in north Queensland, who are facing yet another challenging weather system so soon after Cyclone Jasper.
“We wish those communities all the very best in the days ahead.”
Green and hard waste disposal remains free for storm-impacted residents at Council’s waste and recycling facilities at Browns Plains, Logan Village, Greenbank, Beenleigh and Carbrook.
Residents who cannot attend a waste facility should continue to stack un-mulched green waste neatly on the kerb. Waste mulched on private property can be stored and used on that property without risking the spread of fire ants.
Residents can get up-to-date information on the City of Logan’s storm recovery at: logan.qld.gov.au/storm-recovery-updates
The Disaster Dashboard is at: disaster.logan.qld.gov.au