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Logan gets ready with sandbagging demonstrations

Published: 22 January 2016

Logan gets ready with sandbagging demonstrations
(L-R): Logan Mayor Pam Parker; Cr Luke Smith; David Contarini, Executive Manager, Community and Education, RACQ; Member for Woodridge Cameron Dick; Cr Don Petersen; Deputy Mayor Russell Lutton during a demonstration of the new machine.

Logan residents will be taught how to build effective sandbag walls to minimise the damage posed by rising floodwaters – or redirect water flows if their property is affected by run off – following downpours.

State Emergency Services volunteers will provide free sandbagging demonstrations at Bunnings Underwood and Browns Plains on 23 and 24 January. They will use sandbags filled offsite, by a new high capacity filling machine provided through a Queensland Government “RACQ Get Ready” grant.

Linus Power, State Member for Logan said planning and preparing for natural disasters can minimise the impact.

“These sandbagging demonstrations will provide valuable information to help Queenslanders get ready for the next severe weather event, to better protect themselves, their families and their property,” Mr Power said.

“Cyclones, floods and storms can strike anywhere in Queensland, but if you take action, make an emergency plan and have an emergency kit, you will be better prepared to handle an event.”

Member for Woodridge and Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Cameron Dick urged local residents to ensure they were prepared for volatile weather.

“It is important to be prepared for a disaster as they can occur anywhere, anytime,” he said.

“Learning practical disaster management skills, like how to build an effective sandbag wall, can greatly minimise floodwater damage. I urge you to help your family, friends and neighbours and ‘get ready’ now,” he said.

City of Logan Mayor Pam Parker said Logan City Council was well prepared to deal with flooding and other disasters, but it was ultimately up to residents to ensure they had plans in place to safeguard their properties.

“There are many things that residents can do to prepare themselves and their properties to come out in the best possible shape,” she said.

“If you live close to a watercourse, or in a low lying area, the first thing to check is our detailed flood mapping on the Logan City Council website.

“If your property is subject to flooding, then stockpiling empty sandbags, knowing where to get them filled and knowing how to stack them properly may prove to be the difference between inundation and a dry floor.

“Now is the time to plan,” Mayor Parker said.