Our Internet Secrets Community Donates $56,052 To Premier’s Flood Appeal

Posted on: February 9th, 2011 by Julie Lewin No Comments

Queensland is now in the recovery phase of its worst flood in 100 years. This is what happened to Wivenhoe Dam … This water needed to be released fast to make room for the catchment waters to come in. Thousands of homes in Ipswich and Brisbane were flooded. They thought this would never happen again…
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Cyclone Yasi, Qld Worst Disaster

Posted on: February 2nd, 2011 by Annette Welsford No Comments

Just when we thought that nature wreaking havoc in Qld was all over, the worst ever cyclone to hit Australia is right now buffering North Queensland.  This category 5 cyclone is absolutely enormous.  Even though we’re in the southern part of Queenlsand, and not directly affected, the TV coverage and images are terrifying.  I can’t imagine…
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Coolana Olives – The Road To Recovery

Posted on: January 31st, 2011 by Julie Lewin No Comments

My last blog post was about Ian and Dot Roy, members of our community.  They own an olive farm in the Lockyer Valley that was devastated by the recent floods. In that blog post, I asked people if they wanted to know who they were supporting by donating to the flood appeal, they could buy…
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Humbling moments and a feeling of gratitude…

Posted on: January 28th, 2011 by Matt Clarkson No Comments

Hi All My name’s Matt Clarkson and recently I helped a friend who had been severely affected by the floods north of Ipswich as his two month old house was inundated by the floods. Totally devastated! Along the way we had to go over the main Wyvenhoe dam which was still massively overflowing. In my old…
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Olive Farmers, Ian and Dot Roy of Coolana Olives, Hit Hard

Posted on: January 24th, 2011 by Julie Lewin No Comments

I don’t know about you … but Frank and I “LOVE” Australian Olive Oil! We won’t use anything else. When I heard that one of Our Internet Secrets community members, Ian and Dot Roy’s Olive Farm – Coolana Olives – was hit hard in January 2011, I asked them how we could help … and…
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The Stories That Make This Tragedy More Real

Posted on: January 22nd, 2011 by Julie Lewin No Comments

Its the stories that move us beyond ourselves. Will Take 12-24 Months To Get Back Into Their Homes I spoke to a member of Our Internet Secrets community a couple of days ago and she told me that the water reached the ceiling in her home and over the roof of her brother’s home. She…
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People Open Their Hearts To Queenslanders

Posted on: January 19th, 2011 by Julie Lewin No Comments

Spectacular Thunderstorm Ends The Day As I write this blog post tonight … Warwick is totally surrounded by fierce clouds and a spectacular thunder and lightning show. As awe-inspiring as it is … it looks like the bombs going off in the London air raids. And the heartbreaking part is that the storm has made…
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Warwick – Two Floods In Two Weeks

Posted on: January 18th, 2011 by Julie Lewin No Comments

I live in Warwick on the Darling Downs in Queensland.  Like most people at Christmas, we had our family come to stay and we enjoyed a delicious Christmas lunch. Some family left early for Ipswich worried about The Gap. Cunningham’s Gap has been closed off and on for repairs over the last 12 months. There…
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Volunteering To Help – Multiply This By About 15,000+ Homes

Posted on: January 18th, 2011 by Glenn Walford No Comments

On Sunday of last weekend, myself and a few mates made our way up to Brisbane from the Gold Coast (about 1 hour north) armed with shovels, brooms, buckets and a gurney to try to at least provide some help to what we have all seen on TV as a truly massive cleaning and re-building…
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Before and after photos of Brisbane Flood

Posted on: January 18th, 2011 by Annette Welsford No Comments

High-resolution aerial photos taken over Brisbane last week have revealed the scale of devastation across dozens of suburbs and tens of thousands of homes and businesses.   Suncorp Stadium – Home of Qld State of Origin Matches, Brisbane Broncos, Qld Roar and venue for many great concerts                          Rocklea Wholesale…
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