MEDIA RELEASE – MUD ARMY AT THE READY

Mud Army volunteers have maintained a steady flow to the emergencyvolunteering.com.au to register for this weekend’s cleanup.

Volunteers currently registered with Volunteering Queensland need to check their mobile phones or emails for confirmation regarding their requirement to attend collection points

However, Council’s Governance portfolio spokesperson Cr. David Batt said anyone wishing to assist those in need were quite free to make offers of help.

“I would ask that anyone who does want to work in the cleanup process should observe some basic safety requirements including wearing closed in footwear and appropriate clothing.”

Cr. Batt said people needed to be mindful that floodwaters contained toxins which can be residual in mud and care needed to be exercised.

“Wash your hands before consuming food and generally keep your hands away from your face,” he said.

Persons registered online with the emergency volunteering website will gather at St. Luke’s College and the Bundaberg State High School.

“An induction process will take place at around 8am and we hope to have people on buses and travelling to their cleanup points by 8.30,” he said. He said that anyone in unsuitable footwear will not be allowed to participate. All registered volunteers will be issued with identification.

Emergency Volunteering Queensland is still accepting registrations.

Cr. Batt said Queensland Surf Lifesaving personnel would provide first aid if required and service club members from Rotary Clubs in Bundaberg and Childers would distribute snack food items and water.

 

Date: 01-02-2013

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