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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."


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