Council offers support to Kin Kin community
  • Monday 06 April 2009

Six teams of officers representing the Sunshine Coast Council, state government and welfare agencies are now on the ground at Kin Kin offering support and help to resident hit hard by the heavy rains and floods over the past few days.

The teams, which will be based at the Kin Kin School of the Arts in Main Street from 10am tomorrow, will offer an outreach service by visiting homes throughout the area.

Co-ordinated by the Sunshine Coast Local Disaster Manager Group (LDMG) the service will offer both social and environmental health support and advice for residents.

“The people of this community have been doing a fantastic job in coming together to support each other and to start the clean-up after what has been a devastating few days for Kin Kin,” Sunshine Coast Mayor Bob Abbot said.

“Already, this tight-knit community have really made a difference by pitching-in to help neighbours and offer support.

“Council would like to add to that support. I encourage anyone who may need help or know of somebody who may need help or just want to talk about the kinds of services and advice that are available, to approach the outreach service or drop into the School of the Arts.”

With the receding waters, public health will remain an issue and council is calling on the community to boil all drinking water and to not use water from creeks and streams.

Council will continue a water testing program and will advise when these water bodies are again safe to use.

To help clean-up, residents are encouraged to use the skips which will be available near the School of the Arts, to dump rubbish and debris.

The Pomona transfer station will also be open every day and residents throughout the areas can dump rubbish and debris for free.

Council is continuing the work of cleaning-up, repairing roads and addressing damage throughout the region.

Requests for assistance can be made by dialling:

  • 000 if an emergency
  • SES on 132 500
  • Council on 5475 7272 for recovery information and advice
  • Department of Communities, Sunshine Coast Regional Office on 5459 8602