Community gives thanks to Logan's Mud Army

Published: 5 March 2013

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Last month, Logan City experienced its most significant flood event since 1991.

The event caused extensive problems throughout the city with 11 homes inundated with water, 85 roads closed, almost 400 calls to the SES for assistance; and millions of dollars of damage to community, Council and resident property.

But when the deluge stopped and the clouds cleared, the renowned community spirit of Logan City again came to the fore.

Volunteers grabbed their gumboots and gloves and clamoured to be part of the city's first Mud Army. More than 90 volunteers and 50 Council staff took part in the day which involved helping families, sporting and community groups and businesses clean up after the drenching.

Among the volunteers was Humanities First, a group of Muslim men from Logan and surrounding cities committed to helping those in need. Representatives from Boystown were also out in force helping clean the flood debris.

And on Saturday, it was Council's and the community's turn to say thanks.

Council and a host of local businesses hosted a thank you barbecue for Mud Army and SES volunteers. More than 100 people attended the event and enjoyed a sausage sizzle, face painting, a jumping castle, and music.

The event was held at Chambers Flat Community Centre from noon to 2pm.

Mayor Pam Parker said the thank you barbecue would not have been possible without the support of:
• Beenleigh and Jimboomba rotary clubs;
• Logan Village Lions Club;
• Macca's Bakehouse, Forestdale;
• McDonald's Logan Central, Marsden, Holmview, Beenleigh;
• Regional Development Australia;
• Corrs Chambers Westgarth;
• Logan Country Community Bank;
• Coffee Club; and
• Logan City Council.

"The thank you barbecue was our small way of thanking these wonderful volunteers for the difference they made to our city at a really difficult time," she said.

"It was a great opportunity for these generous volunteers to let their hair down and be recognised for their contribution.

"It was great to be able to catch up with them and pass on my personal appreciation."

While the bulk of the Australia Day Flood clean-up took place on Saturday 2 February, volunteers visited a number of sites in the weeks after and lent a hand to the clean-up.

"In total we had more than 150 volunteers pitch in and help which was great to see," Cr Parker said.