Rodney Times : January 18th 2011
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Call the Blind & Awning experts now to book your free in-home consultation, measure and quote Kiwi groups set to help QUEENSLAND'S floods will have an enormous economic impact on Australia, Prime Minister John Key says. Mr Key returned to work at the Beehive ahead of sched- ule to receive a briefing from Civil Defence, the Fire Ser- vice and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade on the situation. The organis- ations, as well as the Defence Force and police, are preparing to send possibly hundreds of personnel to Queensland to help. Up to 60 Fire Service per- sonnel would leave within a few days, including urban search and rescue teams dis- patched to Canterbury follow- ing the September 4 quake. Police also had specialist teams such as divers, Civil Defence would send a team to replace a 15-strong one there but due home in 10 days, and New Zealand Defence Force personnel would be made available. New Zealanders concerned about loved ones in Queens- land should try to contact them directly but if that failed they should contact MFAT on 0800-432-111. The New Zealand Red Cross has launched an appeal and Mr Key says it is likely the government will make a contribution. Donations to the Red Cross could be made online at www.redcross.org.nz/donate or by sending a cheque, made payable to New Zealand Red Cross, to: Red Cross Flood Response and Recovery Fund, Freepost 232690, PO Box 12140, Thorndon, Wellington 6144. The ANZ bank has also opened an account to take donations for the Australian flood relief which will go via the NZ Red Cross. People can make a donation to the fund at any ANZ branch to the ANZ (NZ) Australian Floods Appeal at account number 01 1839 0224522 00 or via inter- net banking. The Warehouse has donated more than 1600 pair of gumboots to Queensland flood victims after being con- tacted by Dunedin South's MP Clare Curran. She was first approached by Oper- ation Angel, a relief fund set up by Jacqueline Pascarl, to assist flood-stricken Queenslanders. These gumboots are essen- tial to the survivors of the Queensland floods during the days ahead and the massive clean up,'' she says. She says the gumboots will offer protection against con- taminations and raw sewage'' as well as from debris and snakes. They will be taken from Auckland to Melbourne on a Qantas flight. IN BRIEF Thieves busy Summer thieves are active in the district. Police remind residents to be on full alert and check homes are well secured. Be careful of valuables left on the beach while swimming. Make sure that they are out of sight of would-be thieves and that the bundle left on the sand is within sight of the owner. Late last week there were reports of two men trying door handles at Whangaparaoa Hospice and six cheeky thieves walked into the rear storage area of the Manly Liquor Shop and took a box of bourbon and coke. A swimmer lost his wallet to thieves while swimming off the Arundel Reserve in Orewa. A registration number was recorded and police searched a house where they discovered various drug utensils. Hall saved Someone tried to torch the remote Glorit Hall early Monday morning. Alert neighbours put out the fire and saved the landmark building on State Highway 16, about 30km south of Wellsford. Police say the hall suffered only minor damage around the entrance where a plastic petrol container was found melted into the doorway. Wellsford police senior constable Mark Palma praises neighbours who rushed to the scene when they saw flames. Without their quick action the building could easily have burned to the ground, he says. Glorit Hall was also the target of a graffiti attack on Friday night when it was heavily sprayed with purple paint. Police are interested in whether there is a connection between the wilful damage and the attempted arson, Mr Palma says. Phone Wellsford police on (09) 423-8228 if you have any information. Three injured A two-vehicle crash on the Hibiscus Coast Highway- Silverdale St intersection on Friday left three people injured, police say. No one was injured in another two-car crash on Whangaparaoa Rd the same day. Former Rodney residents hit by floods FROM Page 1 Floating out: A surfboard and inflatable boat make handy ways of getting out of Ipswich. Photos: TRACY SULLIVAN Ipswich inundation: People check out the town floods. She was trying to drive downtown to get her kids but her car was afloat and she was scared stiff. First the community of Murphy's Creek was wiped out. That joined with water that inundated Withcott to drown Helidon and then on to completely submerge Grantham. Most of the deaths have been from Murphys Creek and Grantham so far but people are missing from all the com- munities, including Toowoomba. Many were res- cued from their rooftops, including two of my daughter's friends at Murphys Creek.'' But for now at least the clean-up is under way and bringing the communities together. The clean-up has started in earnest in Toowoomba but there are some areas around Murphys Creek and Grantham where the police will not let people go yet,'' Mr Barker says. He is president of Toowoomba South Rotary Club, one of many organis- ations lending a hand. Our club has been assist- ing Lifeline, which is the largest local community organisation with their efforts. It lost all the stock from an emporium in the Toowoomba CBD. We sup- plied the manpower to clean out the store, what was left of their stock, pull up carpets, scrape out the muddy silt, hose out the entire building, clean windows, etc. The compassion shown by so many is a great example of community spirit.'' Our club also helped to clean up units used by the Toowoomba Hospital which had 1.5 metres of water and mud through them. It was smelly and hard work.''
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