Help prepare your community for the wet season by volunteering to be a part of the Get Ready Gang and help clear our creek catchments on Sunday 20 October.

Chair of the Local Disaster Management Committee Deputy Mayor Tony Williams said the working bee was our Region’s opportunity to prepare for the upcoming wet season.

“We’re calling on residents and visitors to volunteer their time to clear debris, vegetation and rubbish from our waterways and help prepare the area for the heavy rains as we head into the wet season,” Cr Williams said. 

“The Get Ready Campaign is being rolled out by the State Government in October to help all Queenslanders build resilience to deal with extreme weather events and natural disasters. This is our way of encouraging our local residents to help make Queensland Australia’s most disaster-resilient state.

“Volunteers will be working alongside government agencies to clear rubbish from our waterways; it’s a great opportunity to give a helping hand and help prevent our catchments from blocking during the heavy rains.

“Local Emergency Services and community organisations will also operate information booths at the Huish Drive Park and we’re encouraging people to come down and discuss how to prepare their homes for disaster events.” 

Residents and visitors interested in participating can pre-register by completing a registration form or by calling Customer Service on 1300 22 55 77. The first 100 people who register early will receive a free t-shirt, and a free BBQ lunch will be provided for all volunteers. Registration will also be available on the day.

What: Get Ready Gang and Information Booths
When: Sunday 20 October 2013
Where: Huish Drive Park, Rockhampton
Time: Get Ready Gang starts at 8am, Information Booths start at 10am
Bring: Enclosed shoes, hat, sunscreen, water bottle and transport. (Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult).

From the 14th to 20th October 2013, Get Ready Queensland is asking councils, government agencies, businesses, community groups, not-for-profit organisations and individuals to pitch in to get themselves, their families and their communities ready for the storms, cyclones and floods that can affect our state during the summer season.