9’s Today Show shines light on community support for flood-impacted families

Wednesday, September 23, 2020
News

When the Today Show showed up in Townsville, Emma Rush – Regional Recovery Officer for the Townsville-Mackay region – was on the scene.

Emma appeared as part of a good news story about support being provided for five Townsville families who were badly affected by the 2019 North Queensland floods.

As part of her role as an RRO, Emma frequently meets with individuals, families, primary producers and small business owners to help connect them with flood, drought and other support. When she was invited to nominate flood-affected families for a generous donation of $1,000 from Bakers Delight Castletown, Emma knew two local families who had both been hit hard by the flood and who could really use the hand up.

The two families that Emma nominated were both chosen as recipients and Emma was invited along to the presentation on the Today Show.  

Bruce Cornish, Chair of the Townsville Community Rebuild Project and head Pastor at Combined Churches Townsville accepted the donations on behalf of the families. The Rebuild Project is auspiced by the Salvation Army and is a collective of government and charitable organisations that came together after the floods to help affected community members. The Drought and Flood Agency is proud to be one of the members of the project team.

Together, the group have assisted with over $300,000 in donations and property repairs thanks in part to a $150,000 Category C grant under the jointly-funded Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangement.

Emma said it was great to be invited to be part of this wonderful community initiative and to see locals looking out for each other during tough times – and as an added bonus getting to highlight on national TV that recovery from the 2019 floods is still ongoing.

Find out more about our Regional Recovery Officers here.