Volunteer co-ordinator Bette Bonney, Disaster management co-ordinator Jessica Pile and Volunteer assisting co-ordinator Christine Stammers.
Volunteer co-ordinator Bette Bonney, Disaster management co-ordinator Jessica Pile and Volunteer assisting co-ordinator Christine Stammers. Candyce Braithwaite

Volunteers needed to help clean up Warwick after floods

FOLLOWING an astonishing response to last year's flood crisis, Southern Downs Regional Council is calling out again for volunteers to help clean up our flood-ravaged town.

Southern Downs Regional Council Volunteer co-ordinator Bette Bonney said after last year's efforts they would put out the call again.

"We had such a great, dynamic response last year and had over 200 volunteers working to clean up our town," Mrs Bonney said.

"There is lots of cleaning to be done.

"There are homes, yards and further down the track there will be lots of fences that need debris cleared."

Disaster management co-ordinator Jessica Pile said it's important for people to help out the community.

"The people who have been affected this time were facing the same circumstances only two years ago," Ms Pile said.

"It's important for them to know that we are all behind them supporting them. We want to make a stronger community.

"It's a big load for them to have to carry and some of them can't recover on their own."

Ms Pile said those who wish to volunteer need to head down to the council offices and register.

"We are asking everyone who can help in any way to come down and sign up," she said.

"We won't pressure them to do anything outside their capabilities, but more hands make light work."

Mrs Bonney said volunteer work is a very rewarding experience.

"Over the years I have worked with many volunteers and watched them grow," she said.

"Volunteer work gives people experience.

"They can walk away at the end of the day with something else to put on their resume," she said.

If you wish to volunteer phone the Southern Downs Regional Council on 4661 0300 and ask to register as a volunteer.

Also if you or someone you know is in need of help to clean up their home or business phone the council on the same number so they can dispatch volunteers to their location.



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