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30 January 2011

Suncorp stands out like a beacon in Queensland

With most of the other insurance companies making Scrooge look like the model of benevolence, Suncorp is standing out like a beacon to the people of Queensland.

In the wake of the state's disastrous floods, insurance companies have preyed on the very people who have paid billions of dollars in premiums over the years with subtle legal distinctions between floodwater, rainwater and storm damage.

In today's Sunday Mail, a full page advertisement by Suncorp on page 22 details the differences between flash flooding, riverine flooding,water damage and storm damage.

Whereas many other insurance companies slip and slide around these definitions like a boa constrictor, Suncorp covers them all automatically.

Suncorp remains true to its original SGIO roots as the people's insurance company of Queensland.

If householders have been dumped by their insurance company, they should dump them forever and go with the company which has protected Queenslanders for over four generations.

29 January 2011

Amazing Goodna flood story: Frank Beaumont's chook Steggles survives against the odds

THERE are a million sad stories in this flood-hurt city. This is not one of them.

Frank Beaumont and his daughter Amanda with the
family chook, Steggles, which came home 11 days
after the flood hit Goodna.

THERE are a million sad stories in this flood-hurt city. This is not one of them.

Goodna animal-lover Amanda Beaumont contacted T he Queensland Times this week to tell the story of her pet chicken Steggles.

No ordinary chook, Amanda's fine-feathered friend had already survived two dog attacks and a stroke before the floods hit.

"I work as a vet nurse at the Goodna Vet Clinic, and four years ago one of our clients brought her in after a dog they were looking after came home with her in its mouth," Ms Beaumont said.

"They thought she would have to be put down, but being an animal lover I persuaded them to stitch her up. After about two weeks she came good.

"Eventually she made her home on the back stairs. She didn't want to stay in a chicken coop like a normal chicken.

"Then about 18 months ago one of the neighbours' dogs came over and bit her, and just before Christmas she had a stroke.

"She had trouble walking and her left wing was drooping. We had to hand-feed her and give her water with a dropper."

Steggles struggled through, not knowing what lay ahead.

On January 11, Ms Beaumont and her family had to evacuate their home. They got their cats, dogs, and birds out but the chickens got spooked and had to be left behind.

For four days the Beaumonts couldn't even see the roof of their home, but after the water subsided they went back to start the long clean-up.

With no sign of the chickens, they feared the worst. Until one day.

"We were down at the house when Steggles greeted us," Ms Beaumont said.

"After many tears, cuddles and lots of food she is now safely back with our family. God knows how she managed to find her way to safety and then back home. Unfortunately we found one in the backyard when we got back and one is still missing, but Steggles the wonder chook came home.

"Words can not describe how blessed we are to call her our own. She's definitely not a chicken; she's trapped in a chicken's body.

"We're staying in Redbank Plains at the moment and it's near a main road, so she has to stay in a cage, which she doesn't like, but we take her home every couple of days while we're cleaning up."

More Ipswich flood stories: www.qt.com.au

 

Goodna Bowls Club recovers from floods

AN ANGELIC army of volunteers saved the Goodna Bowls Club from oblivion after 50 tonnes of mud threatened to suffocate the club's two greens.

Goodna Bowls Club secretary Cathie Wilmington
on the green rescued from sludge.

AN ANGELIC army of volunteers saved the Goodna Bowls Club from oblivion after 50 tonnes of mud threatened to suffocate the club's two greens.

The Goodna club has 65 members, but upwards of 200 people cleared thick mud from the greens in the aftermath of the floods.

The clubhouse has been condemned, but Goodna Bowls Club secretary/treasurer Catherine Wilmington said the club itself will survive thanks largely to community spirit.

She described "a sea of bodies working on the greens – all keen to help".

"When I went down on the Saturday morning after the floods and saw the place I thought we were gone. I thought we will never come out of this," Ms Wilmington said. "But all of those wonderful people came in to help. They got down on their knees to clean the thick mud off our greens and give the grass the opportunity to grow again.

"We believe the greens are saved, but that they will have to have a lot of work on them; a lot of tender care. Our greenkeeper is hoping that they will come up so we can have social play on them within a couple of weeks."

The club wasn't able to get flood insurance, but a contingency plan is in place to replace structural damage.

"Our building has been fenced off and is going to be demolished, but we will be supplied with demountables," Ms Wilmington said.

"We have to make application to the council, but we are hoping to get something for an office, a bar, toilets and that type of thing.

"Many members suffered flood damage to their homes. Now they just want to get back on the greens to lift their spirits.

"Quite a number of our members have been through this and lost as much as us," Ms Wilmington said. "A lot of people are down at the moment. They are just wanting to play bowls."

More flood stories: www.qt.com.au

 

Goodna State School Tuckshop Convenor position available

Goodna State School Tuckshop Convenor

    Applications are invited for the position of Tuckshop Convenor – 18 hours per week, over three (3) days.

    The position will commence on the 9th February 2011. Successful applicants will be required to obtain a Working with Children Suitability Card and undergo a Criminal History Check.

    All applications must address the selection criteria. The position description is available from the school office.

    Please address envelopes to:

    The Secretary,
    Goodna State School P & C Association,
    1 Albert Street, Goodna.
    Marked Re: Tuckshop Convenor.

    Closing date for applications is Monday 31st January 2011, 3pm.

    More details: http://www.wages.com.au/education-and-training/7815151/goodna-state-school-tuckshop-convenor/

    Goodna Flood News: Mighty effort helps Goodna Aquatic Centre return

      HARD WORK: Matt Johnstone, Paul Sten and Darren Gooda chip in to clean up Goodna Aquatic Centre in the wake of the recent floods.

    HARD WORK: Matt Johnstone, Paul Sten and Darren Gooda
    chip in to clean up Goodna Aquatic Centre in the wake of the recent floods.

    Less than two weeks after resembling a swamp more than a swimming pool, the Goodna Aquatic Centre is set to re-open this week.

    Olympic medallist Justin Lemberg, who leases the pool from Ipswich City Council, said power was restored to the Brisbane Tce complex on Monday, meaning the public would be right to dive back into the water by the weekend.

    ``We're just waiting for the pool to go blue again, which usually takes three or four days. We couldn't get to the pool until the Saturday (after the floods) and we had almost a foot of mud through there, with everything destroyed,'' he said.

    ``So in just over a week to be thinking about opening again is a pretty big effort.''

    Lemberg said learn to swim classes would resume on Monday and between those, school aged children and the general public, Goodna Aquatic would again be ready to house its 3000 swimmers a week.

    Up to 100 volunteers helped each day on the first weekend and staff took the rest of last week to complete the clean.

    http://ipswich-news.whereilive.com.au

     

    Flood Update: Goodna worker burned in relief effort

    WHAT started as an optimistic mission to rally help for flood victims ended in disaster for a 27-year-old father of two.

    Leigh Fleet and his business partner Martin Upton decided to help people in Goodna after the floods wrecked their suburb.

    It went well until a high pressure water cleaner, or gurney, caught fire and badly burned Mr Fleet.

    "We opened the Ifeelgood24/7 express health club at Indooroopilly last September and called it that because we wanted people to feel good and not just look good and we wanted to do good in people's lives," Mr Upton said.

    "When the floods happened we thought it was an opportunity to be what we wanted to be.

    "We hired gurneys and other equipment and drove out there in a ute.

    "We found a lot of other volunteers were attracted to us. We had 20 to 30 people working with us.

    "A lot of those people are now friends for life.

    "We called our group 'Home Beautiful' and cleaned people's houses in such a way that we gave them something to be proud to come home to.

    "You could see in people's eyes that they knew we cared."

    But that idealism changed in an instant last Friday.

    "On the last day one of the gurneys was being refuelled and because it was so hot it caught fire and the 20-litre drum of fuel caught fire too," Mr Upton said.

    "Amazingly, Leigh jumped off the veranda and did a commando roll but he was badly burned.

    "A retired firefighter was across the road and he ran into the house when everyone was running out and grabbed the petrol can and stopped fuel from slopping out and being much worse and put out the fire."

    Mr Fleet was rushed to Royal Brisbane Hospital in a critical condition with serious burns to his legs.

    Full story: www.qt.com.au

    28 January 2011

    The day Greater Springfield came to Greater Goodna to help in the flood cleanup

    PICS: Directors and staff of Springfield Land Corporation at Greater Springfield pitch in to help the people of Greater Goodna.


    The directors and staff of Springfield Land Corporation (SLC) left their office to lend a hand to the people of Goodna.

    Dressed in their lime green shirts, it was an inspiring sight to see Raynuha Sinnathamby, Bob Sharpless, Russell Luhrs, James Varghese, Terry Kearney and a myriad of other enthusiastic volunteers cleaning up the BBQ, rotunda and playground areas of the Evan Marginson Park.

    The Park in Woogaroo St opposite the Goodna RSL Services Club was hard hit by the flood with 8 - 10 metres of water across it.

    SLC staff left the comfort of their offices at Springfield Central and donated their time to the battlers of Goodna.

    The people of Goodna thank you sincerely for your help in helping to brighten the suburb to its former glory.

    URGENT MESSAGE TO GOODNA FLOOD VICTIMS: Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation to help Goodna flood victims tomorrow

     Goodna flood victims will be able to access immediate cash grants of $500 and free gift packs tomorrow (Saturday).

    The Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation comprising 5 million members worldwide will be at the Redbank Plains State High School from 3.30pm to help local families affected by the recent flood.

    Last week, over 100 families benefited from the Buddhist Foundation's generosity after members walked the streets of Goodna door-knocking homes in their stylish white and blue uniforms spreading the word of their generosity.

    The assistance is available to occupiers of homes which suffered serious flood damage.

    The Buddhist Foundation's Patric Lu is co-ordinating the relief effort and is hopeful of targeting all flood victims.

    Goodna-based Councillor Paul Tully urged all affected residents to take advantage of the generous support being offered.

    "It was heartening last weekend to see so many Goodna families availing themselves of this assistance to get them through these traumatic times.

    "If you know anyone affected by the flood in the local area, please let them know of the generous support being offered by the Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation."
     

    URGENT MESSAGE TO GOODNA FLOOD VICTIMS: Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation to help Goodna flood victims tomorrow

    Goodna flood victims will be able to access immediate cash grants of $500 and free gift packs tomorrow (Saturday).
     
    The Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation comprising 5 million members worldwide will be at the Redbank Plains State High School from 3.30pm to help local families affected by the recent flood.
     
    Last week, over 100 families benefited from the Buddhist Foundation's generosity after members walked the streets of Goodna door-knocking homes in their stylish white and blue uniforms spreading the word of their generosity.
     
    The assistance is available to occupiers of homes which suffered serious flood damage.
     
    The Buddhist Foundation's Patric Lu is co-ordinating the relief effort and is hopeful of targeting all flood victims.
     
    Goodna-based Councillor Paul Tully urged all affected residents to take advantage of the generous support being offered.
     
    "It was heartening last weekend to see so many Goodna families availing themselves of this assistance to get them through these traumatic times.
     
    "If you know anyone affected by the flood in the local area, please let them know of the generous support being offered by the Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation."
     
     

    Urgent Message to Goodna Flood Victims: Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation to help Goodna flood victims tomorrow

    Goodna flood victims will be able to access immediate cash grants of $500 and free gift packs tomorrow (Saturday).

    The Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation comprising 5 million members worldwide will be at the Redbank Plains State High School from 3.30pm to help local families affected by the recent flood.

    Last week, over 100 families benefited from the Buddhist Foundation's generosity after members walked the streets of Goodna door-knocking homes in their stylish white and blue uniforms spreading the word of their generosity.





    Smiths Road Goodna, looking east towards
    Queen St as the flood waters started to recede


    The assistance is available to occupiers of homes which suffered serious flood damage.

    The Buddhist Foundation's Patric Lu is co-ordinating the relief effort and is hopeful of targeting all flood victims.

    Goodna-based Councillor Paul Tully urged all affected residents to take advantage of the generous support being offered.

    "It was heartening last weekend to see so many Goodna families availing themselves of this assistance to get them through these traumatic times.

    "If you know anyone affected by the flood in the local area, please let them know of the generous support being offered by the Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation."

    Ipswich Council warns on asbestos during flood cleanup

    Ipswich City Council has issued another warning to volunteers helping with the flood clean-up about the dangers of asbestos.

    Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale said many volunteers in the clean-up effort had gone hammer and tongs into the clean-up, not realising some wall materials may have contained asbestos.

    "Many of the flooded Ipswich homes were built before 1990 and therefore could have asbestos-containing materials which could pose a hazard when cleaning up," Cr Pisasale said.

    "Workplace Health and Safety Queensland has warned any sheds or buildings built before 1990 were likely to have some asbestos materials in them, so if they've been damaged then be very cautious when cleaning up."

    He said council had a contractor cleaning up asbestos in public places, who to date had collected more than 40 cubic metres of asbestos containing materials.

    Cr Pisasale said it was best to err on the side of caution, assume asbestos was present and not touch.

    More information on safe handling is available on 1300 369 915 or at www.worksafe.qld.gov.au.

    If you suspect there is asbestos in a public place, contact the council call centre on 3810 6666.

     

    Fight erupts at Goodna crash scene

    POLICE  are investigating the cause of a single-vehicle crash that erupted into a street disturbance and several arrests at Goodna on Australia Day.

    A number of people were handcuffed and arrested
    when fights broke out after a car accident on Bertha
    Street in Goodna on Wednesday.

    POLICE are investigating the cause of a single-vehicle crash that erupted into a street disturbance and several arrests at Goodna on Australia Day.

    A white sedan slammed side-on into a power pole near the corner of Bertha and Eric streets about 4.30pm, injuring the male driver.

    Several police cars and wagons attended the incident after a fight erupted in the street near the crash scene.

    Up to five people were arrested but police were yesterday unable to confirm if any had been charged.

    Police said the injured driver was taken to the Princess Alexandra Hospital where it was expected a blood specimen would be taken to check his blood-alcohol level.

    The vehicle was towed for a mechanical inspection.

    An 18-year-old man from Booval was arrested following a separate road crash at Raceview, about 6.15pm on Wednesday.

    The man was allegedly over the alcohol limit while driving dangerously near the area of Raceview Street and Westminster Crescent, when his Holden Com- modore slammed into the passen- ger's side door of a Holden Astra.

    There were no injuries, but police said several angry people had gathered near the scene to confront the driver.

    Full story: www.qt.com.au

    26 January 2011

    Australia Post provides alternative postal arrangements for Goodna residents and businesses

    AUSTRALIA Post has advised Goodna residents it has special arrangements in place to manage the impact of the floods on mail into and out of the area.

    Australia Post spokeswoman Lanie Harris said with the Goodna Post Office still closed, residents could collect their post office box mail from the Australia Post van at the Goodna Shopping Centre car park, between 9am and 12pm Monday to Friday.

    "Australia Post is also offering 12 months free mail redirection to post office box holders and residents who are unable to receive mail due the impact of floods," she said.

    Customers can visit www.auspost.com.au for updates.

    www.qt.com.au

    Community Update: Put flood debris on footpath: Council

    IPSWICH City Council has set tomorrow as the deadline for stacking flood debris in flooded areas onto the footpaths.

    Mayor Paul Pisasale said this debris was expected to be cleaned from the footpaths overnight Thursday and Friday morning.

    "This will only be done in streets that were flooded, so if you are up above the flood line, don't bother," he said.

    "Anyone in the flood zones who may still have flood material requiring removal can call council for a free skip."

    Cr Pisasale said about 20,000 tonnes of flood-affected materials had been taken to the city's landfills since the clean-up began.

    www.qt.com.au

    2011 Ipswich Flood News: Moggill Ferry heroes

    WHEN Moggill Ferry captain Greg Mole heard that the powers that be were thinking of sinking his beloved vessel he instigated an urgent two-point plan.

    Moggill Ferry captain Greg Mole (left) and former
    skipper Frank Dobias saved the vessel.

    DRASTIC times call for drastic measures.

    So when Moggill Ferry captain Greg Mole heard that the powers that be were thinking of sinking his beloved vessel in the midst of the flood crisis he instigated an urgent two-point plan. Mr Mole and former skipper Frank Dobias went to work to moor the vessel to the bank with five giant ropes in the rising current.

    Then the pair flew two Queensland State of Origin flags in an act of defiance to authorities.

    Just the thought of sinking the iconic Moggill Ferry was a sacrilege to Mr Mole.

    "That was never an option for me. No bloody way," Mr Mole said.

    "When we heard that they were thinking of sinking it, I said that you can't drop the ball midway through the second half.

    "That's when we ran the flags up. You can't sink a boat that is flying two Queensland State of Origin flags. It was just a reminder that we never give up.

    "It was a matter of getting the ropes out, which was a bit of a task because the currents were rushing through pretty quick.

    "We had five guys here to help at that stage. The water was pretty high when we got them out.

    "I was confident that we wouldn't lose it...but we still had to cut the power lines – because we were right up in those."

    Mr Mole, who lives on the vessel, said he had "no notice" of the impending doom.

    Water from the Wivenhoe Dam, Lockyer Creek and Bremer River funnels into the Moggill Ferry area to make it a treacherous point in the event of a flood.

    "It is faster and deeper here than anywhere else in the river," Mr Mole said.

    Stradbroke Ferries own the vessel and operate it on behalf of the state government.

    Stradbroke Ferries CEO David Thomson said that while the infrastructure on either bank was damaged, he hoped the ferry would be back up and running soon.

    Full story: www.qt.com.au

    2011 Flood Update: Victims miss out on relief cash

    FRUSTRATED Ipswich residents want authorities to make it easier to access emergency flood relief funding with claims the means test's top threshold is too low.

    Geoff Woollett, pictured in his gutted Moores Pocket home,
    does not qualify for government assistance as he and his wife earn too much.

    FRUSTRATED Ipswich residents want authorities to make it easier to access emergency flood relief funding with claims the means test's top threshold is too low.

    Moores Pocket resident Geoff Woollett said it exasperated some residents that they could not access some relief payments because their household's combined annual income was above $50,000.

    A $5000 grant to help uninsured home owners restore essential utilities is not available to couples with a combined annual income of more than $48,400 or for singles who earn more than $36,600.

    Mr Woollett, 62, said the $48,400 mark was too low even for a lot of working class families, leaving well-deserving households without the relief they deserved.

    The Moores Pocket Road resident, a truck driver, and his wife Sue Woollett, a child care worker, earned too much to qualify for payments to help restore their devastated house.

    "It's far too low. It's the average Joe Blow who needs a helping hand and most households would make more than that," Mr Woollett said.

    Mr Woollett, who is waiting to see if he is covered by insurance, said it came at a bad time with both he and his wife a month away from retirement.

    First round of payments from the $145 million Premier's Disaster Relief Appeal would not be means tested, with adults receiving $2000 and children getting $1000.

    Future payments from the Queensland Premier's Disaster Relief Appeal will likely go to those who pass a $100,000 annual income test.

    But there has been a community backlash since it was revealed future payments will likely be means-tested, with donors arguing the fund should not discriminate.

    For more information on how to apply for the payments, call the Australian Government hotline on 180 22 66 or the Queensland Department of Community Services on 1800 173 349.

    Full story: www.qt.com.au

    QUEENSLAND WEEK TO BE DEDICATED TO FLOODS HEROES

    Premier and Minister for the Arts

    The Honourable Anna Bligh

    25/01/2011

    QUEENSLAND WEEK TO BE DEDICATED TO FLOODS HEROES

    Premier Anna Bligh has announced that Queensland week this year will be dedicated to the heroes of the 2011 floods.

    Ms Bligh said the State Government would cast a commemorative medal and flood heroes would be recognised by their local communities.

    The Premier said a series of events would be held in flood communities across the State and communities would also be asked to nominate their own heroes.

    "We will recognise everyone who played a role during this crisis and who is playing a role during the recovery," she said.

    "The story of the floods is about much more than devastation. It's a story of great courage and heroism. In 2011 we learned that heroes live among us.

    "Heroes like Chopper Pilot Mark Kempton, who plucked victims from raging flood waters surrounding Grantham as his own family home flooded.

    "Everyday heroes, like the 55 people from Barcaldine who reported for duty at the tiny community of Jericho less than 24 hours after the call went out for help.

    "And have-a-go heroes, like the tugboat skippers Doug Hislop and Peter Fenton whose 40 year old tug Mavis became the little tug that could.

    "We saw an army of volunteers rise up across our State - a mud army - that marched through our streets, moving mountains of debris and restoring faith in our communities.

    "In 2011, Queensland Week will be held from 4-13 June and it will be dedicated to the heroes of the flood and the recovery."

    The State Government will now work with local Councils in flood effective areas to establish a system of nominations which will be announced in coming weeks.

    Queenslanders can send personal messages of support and thanks to the flood relief workers by visiting www.thepremier.qld.gov.au

    Financial donations can also be made on the Queensland Government website, www.qld.gov.au/floods

    25 January 2011

    Stormy havoc at Camira as floods rage in Goodna

    THE clean up effort is barely under way in Ipswich, but a storm last week set the hard work of volunteers back to square one and created more havoc.

    STORM DAMAGE: A house in Camira which was damaged in last Tuesday's storm.

    THE clean up effort is barely under way in Ipswich, but a storm last week set the hard work of volunteers back to square one and created more havoc.

    In the space of 20 minutes Camira, which had escaped major damage from the floods, had trees and power lines come crashing down, damaging houses and closing off streets.

    Ipswich City Division 1 councillor David Morrison said the storm came out of the blue.

    "There seemed to be a corridor (of damage)," he said.

    "The area escaped the flood only to cop the storm."

    Cr Morrison said all of council's resources were currently focused on the flood and were very stretched, so the clean up of the aftermath would rest with the residents.

    "When it comes to private property it would be up to the residents to get private contractors in," he said, adding council would clean up public spaces and would also collect fallen trees on private properties if they were cut up and left on the kerb.

    www.thesatellite.com.au

     

    LJ Hooker back to work at Goodna after devastating flood

    AN incredible show of community support has enabled the LJ Hooker Goodna team to get back to business within days of being completely inundated by flood waters, says Principal Michael Rossiter.

    LJ Hooker CEO Januz Hooker with Director Michael Rossiter
    and Network Performance Manager Colin Hawkins.

    AN incredible show of community support has enabled the LJ Hooker Goodna team to get back to business within days of being completely inundated by flood waters, says Principal Michael Rossiter.

     LJ Hooker's CEO, L Janusz Hooker, flew to Brisbane and visited the Goodna office a week after the devastation.

    "The recovery will take a while, but LJ Hooker is committed to helping these Aussie communities get back on their feet," Mr Hooker said.

    "Donations for affected people in our communities can be lodged through ljhooker.com.au."

    www.thesatellite.com.au

     

    Relief operation launched after Goodna flood

    WHEN two Goodna friends decided to host a simple barbecue for flood victims last week they had no idea they were launching a massive relief operation that would touch the hearts of a community.

    COMMUNITY SPIRIT: Marcel Janssen with the aid
    of dozens of volunteers, unloading truckloads of donations.

    WHEN two Goodna friends decided to host a simple barbecue for flood victims last week they had no idea they were launching a massive relief operation that would touch the hearts of a community.

    Like millions of Australians, Nicole Pacheco, 29, and Marcel Janssen, 27, were moved by the plight of those people who lost their homes to the floodwaters, and awed by the response of the volunteers who wanted to help them recover.

    So they picked one of the areas worst hit – Goodna, where more than 600 homes were inundated – and made plans to fire up their barbecue for a Saturday morning treat for the people involved.

    At the same time, they decided to use Facebook to launch an appeal for donations of urgently needed goods and supplies for the victims.

    They had no idea what they'd started.

    "It began with Nicole deciding we should grab some items to donate to the people who lost everything in the flood," Ms Janssen said.

    "From there we thought it would be a good idea to cook a barbecue as well."

    Under the headline, 'Emergency drop-off at Goodna', the women encouraged Facebook friends to donate clothes, food and toiletries and leave them at Diggers Rest war memorial from Saturday, January 15.

    At 6am that morning, Ms Pacheco and Ms Janssen arrived with a barbecue, some food and two trailers packed with donations they had collected the night before.

    Within 45 minutes, they had acquired four more barbecues. And, with dozens of volunteers enthusiastic to help, they had filled an entire church hall with donations from the community.

    "The response was amazing," Ms Janssen said.

    "Due to the huge amount of donations flooding in, we actually had to relocate the drop-off area to a location that could handle it all."

    Rona Sandilands, of the Uniting Church of Goodna, and Manos Saridakis, of Goodna Max Employment, himself a flood victim, heard what the women were doing and offered their buildings to store the mountains of donations being unloaded from delivery trucks.

    www.thesatellite.com.au

     

    Goodna Hardware hard hit by flood

    With the amazing support of volunteers, customers, friends, staff and family we have cleaned it up and have a presentable store again.

    Without this support we would have walked away.

    Due to the efforts of all these people we are going to re-build and support our community to get their lives back together.

    Our hardware store has somewhat of an obligation to support the locals, especially given the support we received to get to this stage.

    A big thank you to everyone who was involved. We are open now and are selling all our remaining stock at between 25 per cent and 75 per cent off.

    We will then have new stock arriving in the first two weeks of February.

    The next one to two years are going to be tough and we all need to work together.

    This flood has really demonstrated the generosity and values of the people in this area. Words cannot describe the gratitude we have for the support.

    www.thesatellite.com.au

    Goodna man loses four homes in flood

    THE water has finally subsided and the massive task of cleaning up has begun in Goodna.

    LOST MEMORIES: A photo was found in a flooded
    home on Brisbane Terrace.

    THE water has finally subsided and the massive task of cleaning up has begun in Goodna.

    With the mud-covered rubbish lining the sidewalks of Brisbane terrace, it is clear it will take a while for the area to recover, something which homeowner John McFaul agrees with.

    The owner of eight homes in the Goodna area, four of which were affected by the flood - one irreparably, said he didn't even receive a warning to evacuate last week.

    "We were living in the house until about 2pm on Tuesday and we weren't told to leave, we just left," he said.

    "I got the motorbike and the ute out but I couldn't get back in (to Goodna) so I walked back in over the pedestrian bridge.

    "I moved things to my other house next door (which is two storey) but the water still went up to the window sill of that level."

    Mr McFaul said he and his wife had to pack what they could in a plastic container when they evacuated permanently last Tuesday night, and his wife had been unable to return to the house after her first visit after the flood.

    "She was just so despondent, she just burst into tears" he said adding he was also struggling to sleep.

    "You just have to take it all in."

    They are now busily finishing repairs on the house next door which they were planning to move into later this year.

    www.thestaellite.com.au

     

    24 January 2011

    Ipswich Flood Update: Thrifty-Link Hardware re-opens at St Ives Goodna

    There has been a great confidence boost in Goodna today with the re-opening of the Thrifty-Link Hardware store at St Ives Shopping Centre Smiths Road Goodna.

    It looks clean and pretty after almost 2 metres of water went through the store on 11 January.

    Well done guys. You are the first of many to emerge from the floods, hopefully bigger and stronger than ever.

    Goodna flood relief effort inspires awe

    HUNDREDS of volunteers are still out in force across the Ipswich region helping residents clean up after floodwater inundated their homes.

    Christine Tyler with Rotary Club volunteers who are
    helping her clean her house at Brisbane Terrace, Goodna.

    HUNDREDS of volunteers are still out in force across the Ipswich region helping residents clean up after floodwater inundated their homes, leaving many with nothing.

    Goodna resident Christine Tyler, who lost everything when floodwater inundated her home on January 12, said she found the support from the community "overwhelming".

    "It's made the tragedy slightly insignificant when you look at how everyone is rallying together to help one another. It's just wonderful."

    For Ms Tyler and partner Jack Meyerink, who have had their home of 13 years reduced to a "skeleton", it is heartbreaking.

    "It's just devastating what has happened, but we are moving forward with the help of everyone; our family, friends and the community," she said.

    "Last Saturday we had friends and family over helping us salvage what we could, which was hardly anything, but every day since then we have had so many people just walk off the street and offer to help us.

    "We've had so many offers of help we've even had to turn people away because there just isn't room for them. We would all be falling over one another."

    Yesterday alone Ms Tyler had more than 20 helpers, made up of members of the Rotary Club of Southport and people who had just walked up and offered help.

    Rotary Club of Southport former president Gary Wachter, who was helping in Ipswich yesterday, said the club had brought bus loads of volunteers up to help people in the region.

    "There are plenty of things that still need doing out here so we organised buses for our volunteers and decided to come up and help anyone who needs it," Mr Wachter said. "That's what the Rotary Club does, we help people, and now is a time when the whole community wants to come out and help their neighbours."

    Full story: www.qt.com.au

    23 January 2011

    Queensland Flood Update: IT appeal helping Queenslanders reconnect

    Treasurer and Minister for Employment and Economic Development

    The Honourable Andrew Fraser

    23/01/2011

    IT appeal helping Queenslanders reconnect

    A website has been launched for donations of spare PCs, printers and other computer equipment to help flood-affected Queensland small businesses and other organisations get back online.

    Treasurer and Minister for Employment and Economic Development Andrew Fraser said members of the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) were working in partnership with the Queensland IT Flood Relief Programme

    www.QLDITRelief.org

    to coordinate donations.

    "Many small and medium-sized businesses lost valuable equipment and it's vitally important they can get back online as soon as possible," Mr Fraser said.

    "The Queensland IT Flood Relief team is a group of volunteers that is collecting spare PCs, printers and servers from companies across Australia.

    "They will service and rebuild them and supply to needy business people throughout Queensland."

    Businesses, sole traders, schools or organisations that have lost IT equipment in the floods can register on the website.

    Queensland AIIA chair Simon Williams said they were working with the Queensland IT Flood Relief Programme to distribute donated equipment and set up temporary offices.

    "AIIA members such as Cisco, Telstra, Microsoft, Optus and Data#3 are working with Nova 106.9 FM to set up fully serviced temporary offices in Brisbane and Ipswich to enable small businesses to get back to work," Mr Williams said.

    "In this way we're helping small businesses and the economy to rebuild."

    Mr Fraser congratulated the AIIA for taking the initiative to drive the programme to support the economy.

    "The AIIA members have been working with the Queensland Government throughout the flood crisis, and this is another example of their support," Mr Fraser said.

    "I urge all businesses and anyone at all who can donate any computer equipment to get behind this initiative."

    If you can donate any of the following please do so ASAP to allow the team time to process the donations:

    • Computers - PCs, Macs, laptops, etc

    • Servers or networking equipment

    • Spare parts - cases, hard drives, memory, cables, etc.

    • Printers

    • Phones/PBX system

    • Tools (to allow us to do our job)

    • Software

    • Anything else you think will help.

    They also need help to transport equipment, are calling for volunteers with IT knowledge who can help clean, repair and rebuild equipment.

    The Queensland ICT industry is made up of about 5,700 businesses, employs a direct workforce of almost 70,000 people, and generates revenues of about $29 billion and exports of $1.15billion annually.

    Follow Business.qld.gov on:

    • Twitter: twitter.com/businessqldgov

    • Facebook: facebook.com/businessqldgov

    • YouTube: youtube.com/businessqldgov

    Great News: First major store to re-open in Goodna after the flood

    The Thrifty Link Hardware in St Ives Shopping Centre, Goodna will re-open tomorrow Monday 23 January from 8.00am.

    This is solely because of the support of friends, staff, and mostly strangers. 

    The store will at a much reduced capacity, with plans to rebuild the store to its former glory. 

    The stock available at the store tomorrow is largely flood damaged stock (priced accordingly) but the owners have also brought in some fresh stock like cleaning product, buckets, brooms mops etc and a small range of power tools. 

    This will be the first significant step back to normality for Goodna.

    Queensland Flood News: Help available for Queenslanders in need

    Minister for Community Services and Housing and Minister for Women

    The Honourable Karen Struthers

    23/01/2011

    Help available for Queenslanders in need

    Queenslanders affected by flooding have received more than $9.7 million in personal hardship grants following flooding around the state.

    Community Services Minister Karen Struthers said the grants had been paid to 26,000 Queenslanders in hardship to help them meet immediate, essential costs like food, accommodation and clothing.

    "A lot of Queenslanders are doing it tough and we're doing what we can to help," Ms Struthers said.

    "There is a range of assistance available and I encourage people to phone the flood recovery line and see what help they may be eligible for."

    Essential household contents grants, structural assistance grants and essential services grants are means tested and designed as safety nets to help people who can not provide for their own recovery. The grants require assessors to inspect damage and payments are made as soon as possible following assessment.

    Means testing is necessary to make sure those in the most need are getting help.

    Eligibility criteria has been set in cooperation with the federal government and is the same criteria used for any natural disaster and adjusted for inflation.

    Other non-means tested assistance includes:

    • Mortgage assistance loans of $20,000 for eligible Queenslanders

    • One off emergency payments from the Disaster Relief Fund of $2000 for adults and $1000 for children

    • Centrelink payments of $1000 for adults and $400 for children

    Ms Struthers said some people's income may have been affected by the floods which may change their eligibility for means tested grants and people should not count themselves out.

    Some banks are offering assistance to flood-affected Queenslanders and people can also discuss options with their superannuation provider.

    People in need of assistance should phone

    1800 173 349 to what assistance they may be eligible to receive.

    Royal Mail Hotel Goodna - 2011 Flood

    This video includes the first dramatic Triple Zero call from a resident trapped on the first floor of the Royal Mail Hotel, 92 Brsibane Terrace Goodna.
     
    In the 1974 flood, a cow owned by Mrs Eileen Leoni from Short Street Goodna floated into the top storey of the hotel.
     
    As the floodwaters receded over 5 days, the cow survived and was brought down the internal staircase of the pub and re-united with an ecstatic owner.
     

    Flood Scare: Sharks spotted outside McDonald's store in Australian town of Goodna


    It sounds unimaginable, but this
    live video captures the intensity of the Australian floods.

    Goodna was under 8 meters of water for two days before the flood waters receded. Two separate bull shark sightings were reported in Goodna.

    The sharks swam past McDonald's, a Queensland Times story reported.

    Goodna residents have vouched for the store owner who reported the first shark sighting. They believe his report and said the store owner would not lie about sharks.

    Goodna is several kilometers away from the Brisbane river. Local fishermen usually hunt for bull sharks on the river's boat ramp.

    Bull sharks are the third shark most likely to attack humans. They are aggressive and swim in shallow waters along coasts and rivers.

    Discovery.com reported earlier that flooding had unleashed crocodiles, snakes and other poisonous creatures. In Goodna, the flood waters have been contaminated with fuel that leaked from a broken underground storage tank at a gas station near a shopping mall.

     
    Premier and Minister for the Arts

    The Honourable Anna Bligh

    23/01/2011

    Queenslanders who can repair flood damage free to get on with the job

    Premier Anna Bligh has urged flood-affected Queenslanders who are able to repair their homes to feel free to get to work without any restrictions from the State Government or the Queensland Reconstruction Authority.

    Ms Bligh said Queenslanders in flood areas with homes which were able to undergo repairs - such as rewiring or re-sheeting - would face no intervention in getting on with the job.

    However the Premier said those with houses that had sustained structural damage and needed to be rebuilt would need to work with their local council to obtain the necessary approvals before re-building could commence.

    "If you have cleaned up the mess and want to start on the path of returning to normality by repairing your kitchen I would urge you to do so," Ms Bligh said.

    "I want to assure all those Queenslanders who have sustained damage through this tragedy that there will be no restriction from the State Government in that type of work.

    "Structural damage however is a different matter and if your home has sustained significant structural damage that will require significant rebuilding, you will need to approach your local council to go through the approval processes.

    "This is about getting on with the job of getting Queenslanders back on track once the mud and the rubbish has cleared.

    "This is about getting things back to normal and getting there as quickly as we possibly can.

    "The Queensland Reconstruction Authority headed by Major General Mick Slater will not be interfering with those people who want to replace their damaged floorboards or walls or fix the balustrades on their balconies, so they can re-occupy their homes.

    "The Authority is about the medium to long-term - those properties and infrastructure that as a result of flooding will need to be rebuilt."

    Australia Post establishes temporary facility at Goodna

    Australia Post has established a much-needed temporary facility for Post Office box holders whose mail has been held in Brisbane.

    It operates from 9 - 12 each weekday morning from St Ives Shopping Centre in Smiths Road Goodna.

    Householders in flooded homes in the 4300 and 4301 postcode areas should check on the availability of mail.

    Flood cleanup continues at Goodna

    The flood cleanup continues at St Ives Shopping Centre Smiths Road Goodna.

    The centre will become a construction zone over the next few months.

    22 January 2011

    Residents in for the long haul at Goodna after 2011 flood

    RESIDENTS in the hard-hit suburb of Goodna are facing a long 12 months of hard work before their flood-stricken suburb is back to its normal state. 
    Helen Sammut outside her Parker Street,
    Goodna home which was flooded.

    RESIDENTS in the hard-hit suburb of Goodna are facing a long 12 months of hard work before their flood-stricken suburb is back to its normal state.

    Member for Bundamba Jo-Ann Miller, who is working from a marquee opposite her flood-damaged office, said it would take about six months to a year for most homes to be rebuilt.

    She said it could take longer for those who are not insured.

    "I think people are still traumatised. They're keeping busy working on their houses, but the reality is still sinking in," Mrs Miller said.

    "Right now they need to know whether the insurance companies are going to help them out and where they are going to live in the short term."

    Parker Street resident Helen Sammut said the strong community spirit had made the clean-up easier.

    Water inundated her house but she has no plans of leaving the home she has lived in since 1965.

    "The help from volunteers has made a big difference," she said.

    Ipswich City Councillor Paul Tully, whose Goodna home went under the floodwaters, said he expected damaged businesses will stick by the area and reopen their stores at a later date.

    He said while the reality of how hard the rebuilding phase will be has hit most residents, they are keen to solider on.

    "People are moving on; it's a positive mood, but not a happy one," he said.

    Yesterday a key community facility, the Goodna Rugby League Club on Brisbane Terrace, received a boost with news the State Government and Channel 7's Sunrise program would start a massive rebuilding of the club early next month.

    To donate to the Ipswich Flood Appeal, visit council's Customer Service Centre, donate at any Bendigo Bank branch or send a cheque made out to the Mayor's Community Fund to Ipswich City Council, PO Box 191 Ipswich.

    www.qt.com.au

    20 January 2011

    Australia Post behind the eight ball at Goodna

    St Ives Shopping Centre at Goodna is slowly being transformed from a battle zone back to its usual bustling centre.

    But the Goodna Post Office appears to have had nothing done to it with no cleanup or any attempt to restore any semblance of order.

    It seems Australia Post has done nothing to get the mail flowing again.

    The main office at Goodna is jam packed with mud and flooded display racks and hundreds of private boxes remain covered in sludge.

    All private box mail is being held in Brisbane and not accessible.

    This is affecting businesses as far away as Wacol and preventing local residents accessing normal post office functions.

    While other businesses are working at fever pitch, Australia Post has still done nothing after 10 days to get things back to normal at the Goodna Post Office.

    Australia Post is a national disgrace.

    11 January 2011

    Flooding in main street of Rosewood

    Greater Goodna flood update

    A remarkable sight at the Evan Marginson Park at Goodna with the Brisbane River backing up into the park.


    This has not been seen since 1974.

    It could rise another 2 or 3 metres over the next 24 hours.

    Greater Goodna flood update

    Woogaroo Creek meets the Brisbane River at Goodna near the Goodna Boat Ramp.

    Dozens of sightseers are gathered to witness this extraordinary event which will get worse later today.

    FLOOD WARNING FOR THE LOCKYER, BREMER, WARRILL AND BRISBANE RIVER BELOW WIVENHOE INCLUDING BRISBANE CITY

    PRIORITY
    Issued at 4:06 AM on Tuesday the 11th of January 2011
    by the Bureau of Meteorology, Brisbane.

    The main flood waters in the Lockyer Creek are now arriving at Lyons Bridge, with strong stream rises expected during Tuesday.

    Wivenhoe dam is providing significant mitigation of upper Brisbane floods. River flows from the Bremer and Lockyer catchments combined with releases from Wivenhoe dam are expected to increase levels in Brisbane during Tuesday.

    At the Brisbane City Gauge, minor flood levels of about 2.1 metres are expected with the afternoon high tide on Tuesday and levels of about 3 metres are expected with the high tides on Wednesday causing moderate flooding.

    (3 metres at the Brisbane City gauge is about 1.5 metres higher than the highest tide of the year at this location).

    LOCKYER CREEK:
    Extremely heavy rainfall during Monday led to extreme rises in the Lockyer Creek catchment and Laidley Creek at Mulgowie. Record flood levels of 18.92 metres were recorded at Gatton Monday evening before the station failed. This level was well above the previous record peak of 16.33 metres from the February 1893 flood.

    The main flood waters are currently arriving at Lyons Bridge, with strong stream rises expected in the next few hours. The Lockyer Creek at Glenore Grove peaked at 14.60 metres at 11:30pm, which is 0.3 metres below the 1974 flood.

    Renewed stream rises have commenced in Lockyer Creek at Lyons Bridge with a peak between 16 and 16.5 metres expected Tuesday morning. This is likely to be similar in level to the 1996 flood.

    BREMER RIVER:
    The Bremer River at Walloon has exceeded the moderate flood level. The Bremer River at Rosewood peaked at 5.8 metres around midnight monday.

    The Bremer River at Ipswich is expected to reach about 12.7 metres on Tuesday afternoon. Higher levels are possible.

    WARRILL CREEK
    Warrill Creek at Amberley peaked at 5.98 metres around 9pm Monday.

    MIDDLE AND LOWER BRISBANE:
    Moderate flooding is developing at Savages Crossing and at Mt Crosby Weir.

    At the Brisbane City Gauge (lower end of Edward Street and at Thornton Street), minor flood levels of about 2.1 metres are expected with the afternoon high tide on Tuesday and levels of about 3 metres are expected with the high tides on Wednesday causing moderate flooding.

    (3 metres at the Brisbane City gauge is about 1.5 metres higher than the highest tide of the year at this location).
    Predicted River Heights/Flows:
    Ipswich:  Reach about 12.7 metres (major) during Tuesday afternoon.  Moggill:  Reach about 12 metres (minor) during Tuesday afternoon.  Jindalee: Reach about 7 metres (minor) overnight Tuesday.  Brisbane: Reach about 2.1 metres (minor) with the afternoon high tide on Tuesday.  Reach about 3 metres (moderate) with the high tides on Wednesday.  (3 metres at the Brisbane City gauge is about 1.5 metres higher than the highest tide of the year at this location).  Further rises are possible at all four locations depending on further rain.   
    Next Issue:
    The next warning will be issued at about 8am Tuesday.   

    10 January 2011

    Tragedy averted as runaway pontoon caught at Goodna

    A 3-tonne runaway pontoon from the heart of Ipswich was captured on the Brisbane River at Goodna this afternoon in a dramatic rescue operation.

    It had posed a serious danger to jetties and moorings from Jindalee to St Lucia to West End had it not been retrieved at the Goodna Boat Ramp.

    The pontoon had broken its moorings at Cribb Park on the Bremer River in Ipswich.

    A crane removed the pontoon in a delicate operation this afternoon.
    Goodna Councillor Paul Tully inspected the operation saying it was "almost impossible to get the pontoon out of the fast-flowing Brisbane River".

    The crane is still on site removing the second half of the pontoon.

    Goodna Flood Update


    A sewer main overflows beneath the Ipswich Motorway at Goodna into an already swollen Woogaroo Creek.

    Urgent advice from SES after phone system crashes

    The State Emergency Services SES have advised that their contact number 132500 has fallen over due to an apparent Telstra issue with no ETA for fix.
     
    Local Governments are being asked to assist the SES with temporary arrangements.
     
    Media releases will direct members of the public to the their local council.
     
    We will then filter requests and capture details for appropriate SES requests and forward them on to the SES directly via email.
     
    This is now operational.
     
    Examples of SES request types:
     
    • Leaking roof
    • Request for sand bags
    • Tree fallen over blocking access

    Examples of requests that would be redirected:

    • Medical conditions are to be referred to QAS for vetting.

    • Police issues are to be referred to QPS.

    • Fire issues to be referred to QFRS.

     

    Greater Goodna flood update

    The corner of Lower William St and Woogaroo St Goodna is under water and rising slowly.

    Greater Goodna flood update

    Jones Road Bellbird Park near Katandra Cr is under water but passable with care.

    Greater Goodna flood update

    Eric St Goodna between Church St and Bertha St is well under water.

    Greater Goodna flood update

    Albert Street Goodna between Smiths Road and Alice St is completely impassable.

    Greater Goodna flood update

    Smiths Road Goodna is flooded between Albert St and Stuart St.

    Greater Goodna flood update

    Flash flooding at Goodna.
    Picture of Leslie Park off Bertha Street Goodna where the floodwater is rising.

    Greater Goodna flood update

    Woogaroo St Goodna (west of Lower James St) is partially affected by flash flooding.

    Greater Goodna flood update

    Lower James St Goodna is 1 metre below flood level and rising.

    Greater Goodna flood update

    Jones Road Bellbird Park flooded in several locations.

    FLOOD WARNING FOR COASTAL STREAMS FROM MARYBOROUGH TO THE NSW BORDER

    ‪ 
    Current Forecast ‬
    ‪ ‬
    Issued at  5:00am on Monday the 10th of January 2011 by the Bureau of Meteorology, Brisbane.
    ‪‬

    Synoptic Situation:

    At 4am EST, an upper level low was located over the southern Capricornia. A surface trough was located near the Fraser coast. Both of these systems are moving slowly west.

    Heavy rain areas and thunderstorms are expected to continue through the Southeast Coast district, far southern parts of the Wide Bay and Burnett District and eastern parts of the Darling Downs and Granite Belt district. Heavy falls may lead to localised flash flooding and/or worsen existing river flooding.

    ‪‬
    Intense rain activity has been coming in from the East and Northeast, but has so far mostly skirted to the north of the city, there is more rain in this system potentially coming from the East which is more aligned to the catchment, effects of this are starting to be seen now. 
     
    Expectation of in excess of 200 mm of rain within the next 24 hours, in Ipswich catchment area.

    Heavy rain will relate to increased flows in all streams with particular concerns for smaller creeks such as Bundamba, Six Mile  and Woogaroo. 

    As a result of the proposed increased releases from Wivenhoe, the prediction of the following level has been provided (peak expected Tuesday 11/1/01):

    Mt Crosby Weir: 17m 

    Colleges Crossing: 14.5m (Calculations for Colleges Xing based on previous relationships between Mt Crosby Weir, Colleges and Moggill indicate a  approximate predicted level)

    Ipswich : 8m (backflow from Brisbane River)

    Ipswich Catchment Update

    Over the past 
    2 hours we have received up to 5mm of rain in the catchment, predominantly in the eastern area, with only 1-2mm in the southern part of the catchment.  
     
    Most of the streams (upper reaches of Bremer and all creeks) are falling, except for the Bremer from 3 Mile slowing) downstream and the Brisbane River.
     

    FLOOD WARNING FOR THE LOWER BRISBANE BELOW WIVENHOE DAM

    Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
    Queensland

    FLOOD WARNING FOR THE LOWER BRISBANE BELOW WIVENHOE DAM

    Issued at 12:36 AM on Monday the 10th of January 2011
    by the Bureau of Meteorology, Brisbane.
    Stream level rises causing moderate to major flooding are being recorded in Lockyer Creek upstream of Gatton and in the Bremer River in the Rosewood area.

    Further heavy rainfall is forecast for the catchments of the Bremer River and Warrill and Lockyer Creeks during Monday.

     
    LOCKYER CREEK:
    Moderate to major flood levels have developed in Lockyer Creek upstream of Gatton. Levels in the Helidon area have peaked at about 7 metres and rises continue at Gatton. Rises to major flood levels are expected during Monday at Glenore Grove and Lyons Bridge.

    BREMER RIVER:
    River level rises and moderate to major flooding continue in the Rosewood area.
    Further rises are expected downstream during the next 24 hours with at least minor flood levels expected in the Bremer River at Ipswich during Monday night and continuing into Tuesday.

    MIDDLE AND LOWER BRISBANE:
    SEQ Water advises releases from Wivenhoe Dam will continue. Minor flooding will continue along the middle Brisbane River at Savages and Mt Crosby during Monday with moderate flood levels expected overnight Monday.

    Higher than predicted tides are expected to continue in the Lower Brisbane area during Monday. Minor flood levels are possible on the high tide at the Brisbane City (Port Office) gauge during Tuesday and Wednesday.
     

    Next Issue:
    The next warning will be issued at about 9.30am Monday.
     

    Latest River Heights:
    Lockyer Ck at Helidon #                      6.5m rising            11:47 PM SUN 09/01/11
    Flagstone Ck at  Brown-Zirbels Rd *   4.65m rising            08:40 PM SUN 09/01/11
    Sandy Creek at Sandy Creek Road #   4.2m rising            11:39 PM SUN 09/01/11
    Lockyer Ck at Gatton #                   12.98m steady          11:46 PM SUN 09/01/11
    Laidley Ck at Mulgowie *                   3.45m rising            10:00 PM SUN 09/01/11
    Laidley Ck at Laidley                         3.95m falling slowly 08:00 PM SUN 09/01/11
    Laidley Ck at Showground Weir *        5.62m falling          08:30 PM SUN 09/01/11
    Laidley Ck at Showground Weir #       5.72m rising           11:37 PM SUN 09/01/11
    Laidley Ck at Warrego Hwy *             4.75m rising           10:00 PM SUN 09/01/11
    Lockyer Ck at Glenore Grove #          9.98m rising           11:48 PM SUN 09/01/11
    Lockyer Ck at Lyons Br #                10.73m rising           11:47 PM SUN 09/01/11
    Lockyer Ck at Rifle Range Rd *         9.47m rising            08:40 PM SUN 09/01/11
    Lockyer Ck at O'Reilly's Weir #        12.34m rising           11:45 PM SUN 09/01/11

    Brisbane R at Lowood Pump Stn #     11.19m falling        11:46 PM SUN 09/01/11
    Brisbane R at Savages Crossing #     11.73m rising         11:48 PM SUN 09/01/11
    Brisbane R at Burtons Br #                 9.06m rising          11:32 PM SUN 09/01/11
    Brisbane R at Kholo Br #                    3.91m rising          11:44 PM SUN 09/01/11
    Brisbane R at Mt Crosby #                12.24m steady        11:49 PM SUN 09/01/11
    Brisbane R at Colleges Crossing #    9.91m rising            11:46 PM SUN 09/01/11

    Bremer R at Spressers Br #              4.97m rising            11:08 PM SUN 09/01/11
    Western Ck at Grandchester #          4.23m rising            11:45 PM SUN 09/01/11
    Western Ck at Rosewood WWTP     6.63m rising             11:49 PM SUN 09/01/11
    Bremer R at Rosewood #                 5.14m rising             11:41 PM SUN 09/01/11
    Bremer R at Five Mile Br Walloon #  4.66m rising             11:48 PM SUN 09/01/11
    Bremer R at Walloon DERM *          5.04m rising             10:30 PM SUN 09/01/11
    Reynolds Ck at Moogerah Dam #  155.48m falling            11:34 PM SUN 09/01/11

    Warrill Ck at Harrisville #                  2.74m rising             11:44 PM SUN 09/01/11
    Warrill Ck at Harrisville#                   2.65m rising             11:32 PM SUN 09/01/11
    Warrill Ck at Greens Rd Amberley #  4.4m falling              11:47 PM SUN 09/01/11
    Warrill Ck at Amberley DNR *          5.43m rising              08:40 PM SUN 09/01/11

    Bremer R at Berry's Lagoon *        17.66m rising               08:30 PM SUN 09/01/11
    Bremer R at One Mile Br #             9.25m rising                11:33 PM SUN 09/01/11
    Bremer R at Hancocks Br Brassall #  6.23m rising             11:33 PM SUN 09/01/11
    Bremer R at Ipswich #                    4.1m rising                 11:34 PM SUN 09/01/11
    Brisbane R at Moggill #                 3.72m rising                11:44 PM SUN 09/01/11
    Brisbane R at City Gauge #             0.9m rising                11:12 PM SUN 09/01/11


     

    Ipswich and SEQ flood update

     
    Current Forecast ‬
    ‪ ‬

    FLOOD WARNING   FOR COASTAL STREAMS FROM MARYBOROUGH TO THE NSW BORDER

    Issued at 11:02 PM on Sunday the 9th of January 2011 by the Bureau of Meteorology, Brisbane. 
    ‪‬


    A rainband stretches from Gympie to the northern suburbs of Brisbane and inland to Dalby.

    Rainfall totals of up 260 millimetres have been recorded in the Sunshine Coast region since 9am Sunday.

    Rainfall has generally eased in the past two hours, however, further heavy rainfall is expected overnight and during Monday. ‬



    Forecast from BOM is that the upper level trough is definitely moving south and broadening, expected to reach between the Sunshine Coast and the border within the next 3-4 hours.

    Expect a general increase in rainfall over the next 3 to 4 hours with likely rain intensifying from about 3am onwards across the catchment.

    Expectation of in excess of 200 mm of rain within the next 24 hours, in Ipswich catchment area.

    Heavy rain will relate to increased flows in all streams with particular concerns for smaller creeks such as Bundamba, Six Mile  and Woogaroo. 

    As a result of the proposed increased releases from Wivenhoe Dam, the prediction of the following level has been provided (peak expected Tuesday 11/1/01):

    Mt Crosby Weir: 17m 

    Colleges Crossing: 14.5m (Calculations for Colleges Crossing based on previous relationships between Mt Crosby Weir, Colleges and Moggill indicate a  approximate predicted level)

    Ipswich : 8m (backflow from Brisbane River)
     
    Ipswich Catchment Update
    In the last  2  hours we have  had only 1 - 2mm, which has mainly fallen in the northern areas of Ipswich region.  As such, we have seen falls in Western Creek and are still seeing rises in the Bremer, Warrill and Purga as previous run-off moves through the system.‬

    09 January 2011

    Google Alert - "Moggill Ferry"

    News5 new results for "Moggill Ferry"
     
    Colleges Crossing closes again
    Ipswich Queensland Times
    The Moggill Ferry also stopped running yesterday, funnelling those wanting to cross the Brisbane River into the one-lane Mt Crosby weir crossing. ...
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    Big wet hits the south-east
    Courier Mail
    Meanwhile, in Brisbane, the Moggill Ferry is presently out of service and several roads around Brisbane have been classified as no-go zones.
    See all stories on this topic »
    Bridge closures until Christmas
    Ipswich Queensland Times
    With the Moggill Ferry also closed, the only way to cross the Brisbane River in the Ipswich region is over the one-lane Mount Crosby weir. ...
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    Ipswich region on flood alert | Ipswich News | Local News in Ipswich
    Ipswich Queensland Times
    Another point where residents can cross the Brisbane River – the Moggill Ferry – has closed each time Colleges Crossing has closed. ...
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    Roads closed after flood damage
    Ipswich Queensland Times
    The Moggill Ferry is still out of service and will be closed until today at the least. Conditions will be reviewed today.
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    FLOOD WARNING FOR COASTAL STREAMS FROM MARYBOROUGH TO THE NSW BORDER

    Issued at 7:05 PM on Sunday the 9th of January 2011 by the Bureau of Meteorology, Brisbane.

    A rainband stretches from Gympie to the northern suburbs of Brisbane and inland to Dalby.

    Rainfall totals of up 180 millimetres have been recorded in the Sunshine Coast region in the six hours to 7pm. The heaviest rainfall in the past two hours has been in the Kilcoy, Stanley and Upper Mary catchments, with totals up to 60 millimetres recorded. The rainband is expected to move south during Sunday night.

    Fast river rises have occurred in the Caboolture River resulting in minor flooding at Caboolture. Further rises in the Caboolture River and Pine River catchments are expected overnight Sunday.

    Further flooding is possible in the Brisbane and Ipswich metropolitan creeks overnight Sunday.

    Flood warnings are current for the Mary River, Sunshine Coast streams and the Upper Brisbane and Lower Brisbane rivers.


    Catchment Update:‬
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    ‪We have received up to 30mm of rain in the catchment in the last 3 hours, the heaviest falls have been in the northern parts of the catchments.  Rises have been fast and are falling almost as quickly as they are rising.  Predicted rain could have a significant impact on both major streams and the creeks, areas of most concern are the creeks in the eastern areas due to their nature of flash flooding.‬

    Infrastructure Update:‬
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    The following road closures are still in place at the moment. 

    The relevant road signage has been put in place to advise the travelling public. 
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    •  Ivan lane and Schultzs Re Ironbark water over road 
     
    •  Haigslea Malabar Rd closed 1.20pm 
     
    •  Ebenezer Rd and Rosewood Warrill View Rd have water over road 
     
    •  Rosewood Laidley Rd Grandchester water over road.

    ‪Wivenhoe Releases:‬
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    ‪Also, Colleges Crossing and Kholo Bridges remain closed. ‬
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    ‪Owing to the high rainfall received in the Wivenhoe Dam catchment during today, and taking into account predicted falls, SEQWater is looking to significantly increase the releases within the next 24 hours, above the current 1400m3/sec, to reduce the dam level back to full supply levels. ‬
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    ‪Possible impacts would be the Mt Crosby Weir will be closed as well as infrastructure at Colleges Crossing may be affected.

    Assessments will be done once further information is received from SEQWater.‬
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    ‪Forecast:‬

    The BOM rainfall forecast for the next few days is:-

    Overnight/Monday: Very heavy rain periods  

    Tuesday: Rain periods

    Wednesday: A few showers 

    Thursday: A shower or two.

    Friday: A shower or two.

    Saturday: Mostly fine.

    08 January 2011

    Fishing and prawning at Goodna

    Whole families take advantage of the flooded Brisbane River at the Goodna Boat Ramp fishing and prawning in the rain.

    The picture was taken this afternoon at the mouth of Woogaroo Creek and shows the swollen Brisbane River.

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