Fairfax Media Network

Weather News

Call for 'green leaf army' to clean up Scenic Rim

Wednesday February 6, 2013 - 14:38 EDT

The Scenic Rim Council is seeking community help to clean up the damage caused by last week's wild weather.

Community clean-up days are being organised in conjunction with Volunteering Queensland and the council is calling for a 'green leaf army' rather than a mud army.

Deputy Mayor Virginia West says parts of the shire were affected in different ways.

"Certainly Tamborine Mountain with all the trees up there was a bit like a battlefield," she said.

"I didn't see it until after everything had been cleared away but then over in the west we have our farming communities or even moving further in than that where the floods have gone through as well as debris and their fences and their gates and mud all over things and topsoil off lying on sides of roads and things like that."

She says council crews have been working hard.

"They're working very long hours so they do what they can and we have some SES [State Emergency Service volunteers] in the area but certainly I guess more especially ... in the urban area ... where you have older residents who are not able to do some of these things," she said.

"So we're asking anyone who may feel like volunteering for a weekend, we welcome you with open arms.

"What we're doing is we're encouraging people to volunteer for the community clean-up days.

"We have a lot of older residents especially in our more urban areas, people who are living on their own, have got debris, tree branches, things like that perhaps a little bit too difficult for them to handle on their own, people to assist even in just taking green waste and debris to our local rubbish tip."


- ABC

© ABC 2013

More breaking news

Sydney Morning Herald
ABC News
National Nine News
News Limited

Display Your Local Weather

Weather News

Warm end to autumn may feel quite mild

13:08 EST

The latest seasonal outlooks issued by the Bureau of Meteorology on Thursday shows that days and nights are likely to be warmer than usual for most of Australia during May.

Was Sydney's smoky morning necessary?

13:24 EST

Smoke from hazard reduction burns caused 'very poor' air quality in Australia's largest capital city during this morning's peak hour commute.

Sydney lost as fog, smoke from hazard reduction burns settles over city

09:34 EST

Sydneysiders could have been forgiven for not knowing where they were this morning after the iconic skyline was shrouded in thick smoke and fog.