Vol­un­teers head north to help out

Gatton Star - - NEWS -

A TASK­FORCE of eight Lock­yer Val­ley SES vol­un­teers is en route to Townsville to as­sist with flood­ing clean up.

Hav­ing gone through and as­sisted in lo­cal flood dis­as­ters, Lock­yer Val­ley SES lo­cal con­troller Ryan Beau­mont said the vol­un­teers were the ideal peo­ple to lend a hand.

“Our mem­bers know best what the (Townsville) com­mu­nity is go­ing through and how to help them per­se­vere,” Mr Beau­mont said.

The mon­soonal down­pour has left al­most 1000 homes se­verely dam­aged, if not un­in­hab­it­able.

Mr Beau­mont said given the Lock­yer Val­ley SES teams pre­vi­ous flood ex­pe­ri­ence, the vol­un­teers were highly called upon by the Queens­land Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vices.

“They know the Lock­yer Val­ley has had the hard task of sim­i­lar cir­cum­stances be­fore, so they re­quested our help more so be­cause of our ex­pe­ri­ence,” he said.

The vol­un­teers will as­sist vol­un­teers from across Queens­land and in­ter­state in clean­ing up homes and busi­nesses in the re­gion.

The SES vol­un­teers are ex­pected to be de­ployed for a week. — Ali Kuchel

PHOTO: FILE

HELP­ING HAND: Our crews go to Townsville.

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