I HEART Queensland

Since December last year many towns in Queensland have been inundated with heavy rainfalls and have been flooded – some twice, three times and sadly five times.

On Tuesday the Brisbane River started to break its banks. By Wednesday over 50 suburbs in Brisbane were flooded including the one I live in. I was not directly affected but have family, friends and work colleagues who were close to being flooded or who’s homes were flooded. According to ABC News  – 26,000 homes in Brisbane were either inundated or partially flooded.

Flooded street in front of my place

Flooded park land in a friends suburb

75% of Queensland has been declared a natural disaster zone. The Queensland floods cover an area the size of New South Wales!

The Queensland Government has launched an appeal to help Queenslanders affected by the recent floods. Many communities have been devastated. Some families have lost everything. You can help make a difference by donating to the Premier’s Flood Relief Appeal.

Easiest way to donate to the flood relief appeal online is electronic transfer – BSB: 064 013 / Account number: 1000 6800 (SWIFT code for international donations: CTBAAU2S)

You can also donate your Virgin Velocity Points between now and 14 Feb 2011, where they will be converted into cash and sent to the Queensland Premier’s Disaster Relief Appeal – for more information, visit their blog here.

It’s been heartbreaking to see images of my city in such devastation. The stories coming out of total strangers helping out people to evacuate from flooding homes, offering accommodation and now cleaning out their homes, business and streets shows the Queensland spirit.

As we weep for what we have lost, and as we grieve for family and friends and we confront the challenge that is before us, I want us to remember who we are.  We are Queenslanders.  We’re the people that they breed tough, north of the border. We’re the ones that they knock down, and we get up again. ~ Anna Bligh, Queensland Premier.

Playing cricket on a flooded street

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