Support for Queensland Flood Relief

I share community distress about the tragic deaths and the massive scale of the floods in Queensland, which are now spreading into northern New South Wales. Images in the media have shown us the devastation, personal impact and continuing threat to lives and homes.

I have recommended that the City donate $200,000 to the Queensland Premier's Disaster Relief Appeal, which Councillors will consider at an extraordinary meeting proposed for 31 January.

I have asked the CEO to prepare a report for the meeting about how the City can provide strong and practical support to affected communities, and we have already offered support and resources to Brisbane City Council, such as clean up crews and vehicles.

In recent years, we have given readily to support communities devastated by bushfires in Victoria, earthquakes in China and Haiti, floods in Pakistan and the Tsunami across the Pacific.

I am heartened by the willingness of Australians to provide practical, financial and other support to people and communities affected by the floods.

I urge you to also consider contributing to the Queensland Premier's Flood Relief Appeal.

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