VOLUNTEERS: SES workers Lythen Fox, Jim Osborns, Louis Magnussen and Nicole Bradley volunteered their time after Cyclone Marcia hit Central Queensland on Friday. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin
VOLUNTEERS: SES workers Lythen Fox, Jim Osborns, Louis Magnussen and Nicole Bradley volunteered their time after Cyclone Marcia hit Central Queensland on Friday. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin Allan Reinikka

Lend a hand to clean up Livingstone Shire this Saturday

IN THE aftermath of Tropical Cyclone Marcia, Livingstone Shire Council has partnered with Volunteering Queensland and is encouraging residents to help out in Livingstone's Lend-a-Hand Day on Saturday.

Chair of the Local Disaster Management Group Mayor Bill Ludwig said council was putting out a call to arms for the community to rally together to help those residents who are physically or medically unable to help themselves.

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"While we recognise that the majority of residents have their clean-up under way, there are some residents who may, without the community's assistance, really struggle to manage on their own.

"These residents may be disadvantaged or without access to friends or family to help and their need for assistance has been identified by the Local Disaster Management Group's Social and Human Services Recovery Sub-Committee.

"Agencies in the Local Disaster Coordination Centre that include the SES, ADF, QPS, QAS, QFES, Ergon and Council crews continue to do a stellar job on the high priority recovery tasks, however they are seriously over-stretched and do not have the capacity to fully respond to the scale of need in our community.

"With so many tasks still to be done with the devastation left behind in the wake of TC Marcia, we encourage residents to answer the call on March 14 with the fabulous community spirit that they have shown to date," Mayor Ludwig said.

Volunteer activities may be physically demanding and may involve tree trimming and clearing tree debris.

Anyone interested in volunteering for Livingstone's Lend-a-Hand Day are asked to please pre-register at emergencyvolunteering.com.au/qld.

Those without internet access can alternatively call 30027600 to register by today.

If you know someone who is unable to clear vegetation from their property for physical or medical reasons, please have them contact Council's Community Development Officer on 0427813957 between the hours of 9am to 3pm to discuss potential assistance.



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