Rockhampton area resident Peter Turner decided to self-evacuate from his home while he could still get out on foot.
Rockhampton area resident Peter Turner decided to self-evacuate from his home while he could still get out on foot.

QT launch flood appeal

TODAY The Queensland Times launches a campaign to get Queensland's flood-devastated regions back on their feet.

APN News & Media, publisher of The Queensland Times, has donated $100,000 to the Premier's Flood Relief Appeal and is encouraging all Queenslanders to follow suit through its Help Your State, Help a Mate campaign.

As people throughout the state pick up the pieces and start to rebuild their lives and communities, we want to ensure they know they are not alone.

Premier Anna Bligh said Queensland was facing a flood disaster on an unprecedented scale and would require an unparalleled rebuilding effort.

“Help Your State, Help a Mate – true Queensland sentiments are never more appropriate than at this time of widespread devastation,'' Ms Bligh said.

“I appeal to all citizens to give generously to the Premier's Flood Relief Appeal. APN has always been a champion for regional Queensland. I thank APN for its generous contribution to the appeal and for launching Help Your State, Help a Mate.”

This disaster will have a wide-reaching impact on Queenslanders, far beyond the areas where homes and businesses have been inundated.

The cost to repair shattered infrastructure and services will go beyond $5billion, and the state's rural industries are tipped to lose more than $1billion.

The mining industry has been battered, with the impact on lucrative coal exports expected to have a dramatic effect on the state's bottom line.

More than 200,000 people across more than 40 communities need a helping hand to rebuild, and donating money is the best way you can help.

The Queensland Times editor Stuart Sherwin encouraged all Ipswich residents to support the Help Your State, Help a Mate campaign.

“This region has seen plenty of flooding problems in recent weeks, but it's been nothing compared to the devastation seen in Rockhampton, Bundaberg and elsewhere,” Mr Sherwin said.

“I'm delighted APN is backing the Premier's Flood Relief Appeal and I urge our readers to do the same.

Funds from the appeal will be administered by the Red Cross, so readers can be assured money they donate will go to those most in need.

To donate, phone 1800219028 or visit www.qld.gov.au/floods. Donations over $2 are tax deductible.



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