Thursday, January 20, 2011

Volunteers help residents get back on their feet

Volunteering Qld Media Release.

More than 1800 displaced residents have returned home or to temporary accommodation as Brisbane’s main evacuation centre prepares to shut down.
Volunteering Qld and Micah Projects have been on the ground assisting residents leaving the RNA Showgrounds evacuation centre.
Micah Projects is one of the organisations that use Volunteering Qld’s register to source volunteers.
Micah Projects coordinator Karyn Walsh said more than 200 volunteers helped with the transition, working one-on-one with residents to help them get through this difficult time.
“Volunteers have gone above and beyond to help people get back on their feet,” Ms Walsh said
“We’ve been matching volunteers with individual evacuees to find out their situation and how we can help them get back into the community.”
Volunteers have been assisting evacuees every step of the way:
  • Taking them to check damage to their homes 
  • Helping them get back in contact with loved ones 
  • Providing them with transport 
  • Driving them to doctor’s appoints, to the shops or to the hairdressers
  • Running scripts to hospitals and pharmacies to get vital medication that had been lost in the floods
  • Transporting displaced holiday-makers to the airport to catch flights home
  • Taking them out for the day to get a break from the evacuation centre.
“We’ve helped more than 300 people get back home or into short-term accommodation and we couldn’t have achieved without the generosity and compassion of volunteers,” Ms Walsh said.
“Evacuees were extremely grateful to have a familiar face as their regular point of contact. I think we’ll see a lot of new friendships formed here,” she said.
Volunteering Qld’s Ehon Chan has been coordinating volunteers at the evacuation centre for the past week.
“The community support has been remarkable,” Mr Chan said.

“So many people have turned up on our door step offering to help out. We had massive lines of people just wanting to get out in the community and do something.

“People staying at the evacuation centre, who couldn’t get back to their own homes, were even putting their hands up to help other flood victims with the clean up.
“There were also so many donations of clothes and blankets from the local community we had to send an entire truckload away,” he said.
The Community Recovery Centre at the RNA Showgrounds will stay open to continue providing support and assistance to flood affected residents.

To register as a volunteer, call 1800 994 100 or register online at

Monday, January 17, 2011

Community Recovery Centres

Community Recovery Centres have been established to provide a broad range of support and assistance for people affected by the flood disaster.

Assistance, support and services from state and federal government agencies – including grants from the Queensland Government and Centrelink – counselling, advice and support from Red Cross and Lifeline can all be accessed from the Department of Communities’ “one stop shop” Community Recovery Centres. 


RNA Showgrounds
Gregory Terrace, Bowen Hills

St Mary's Anglican Church
455 Main Street, Kangaroo Point

St Aidan's School
Cnr Kathleen St and Aidan’s Way , Corinda

Holy Family Parish Hall
Ward Street, Indooroopilly

Yeronga Primary School
122Park Rd, Yeronga

Jamboree Heights State School
Beanland Street, Jamboree Heights

The Park Centre for Mental Health
Cnr Boyce Road and Ellerton Drive Wacol

Bundaberg PCYC
 37D Maryborough Street

Bundamba TAFE
Byrne Street, Bundamba

Chinchilla Cultural Centre 
80/86 Heeney Street (open 8.30am to 5.30pm)

Dalby Myall Youth Community Centre 
Corner of Drayton and Nicholson Streets (open 8.30am to 4.30pm)

Emerald McIndoe Park 
Opal Street, Emerald (open 9am to 5pm)

Ipswich Showgrounds 
81 Warwick Road 

Rockhampton Show Ground 
James Lawrence Pavilion (open 9am to 5pm)

Theodore RSL Hall 
The Boulevard (open 9am to 4pm)

The centres are open from 8:30am to 5pm, 7 days a week. For Further information about assistance go to or phone the Community Recovery Line on 1800 173 349.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Help and Support for Queenslanders

As the flood crisis in Queensland continues, the Queensland Government regularly updates its website with information on community recovery, rebuilding and repairing homes and insurance. So if you or someone you know is in need of assistance, please visit the Queensland Government site for up-to-date advice, and support. 

Once again, The Bride's Diary would like to offer our sincere condolences to our valued clients and friends affected by the flood disaster. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, your families and friends.

Below is a list of Support and Assistance information from the Queensland Government website - please check back regularly as the information is continuously updated. 

Community Recovery

Community Services
Updates and types of support available for people experiencing personal hardship due to the flooding.

Australian Red Cross
Australian Red Cross assists communities prepare for, respond to, and recover from local disasters and emergencies such as flooding. With the help of Red Cross, you can also reconnect with family and friends through the National Registration and Inquiry System.

Centrelink has a range of payments and services that you may be eligible for to support you in an emergency or crisis, whether or not you are already a Centrelink customer.

Queensland Health
For practical health advice during and after floods.

General first aid for bites and stingsEquip yourself with first aid knowledge as animals, reptiles and insects move to higher ground to seek refuge from the flood water.

Loss of birth certificates and deferral of outstanding fines
Flood victims can now apply for free replacement birth, death, marriage or change-of-name certificates. Flood victims with outstanding fines with the State Penalties Enforcement Registry (SPER) can apply to have the fines temporarily deferred.

Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA)
The NDRRA funding program helps Councils restore local infrastructure in the wake of a natural disaster.

Assistance for Primary Producers and Small Businesses

Assistance for primary producers and small business
The Queensland Government is providing financial assistance to primary producers and small businesses affected by the flooding.

Queensland Rural Adjustment Authority
Primary producers are urged to contact the Queensland Rural Adjustment Authority for assistance.

Financial counselling
To access a free confidential Queensland Government financial counselling service for primary producers, to help manage floods and other impacts.

Rebuilding and Repairing Homes

The Building Services Authority (BSA)
Information and advice for residents, builders and trade contractors on rebuilding and repairing damaged homes.

Electrical and workplace safety after floodingStay safe as you clean up after flooding. Be aware of electrical hazards and other general cleanup dangers including safe removal of asbestos and use of chainsaws.

Plumbing and flood damaged premises
Some simple advice for repairing your flood damaged pool fencing, plumbing and homes.

If you have a question about your insurance policy, or need help identifying your insurer, call the Insurance Council of Australia's 24-hour emergency hotline on 1300 728 228.

Last updated 13 January 2011 

Visit Queensland Government 

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Cake Decorations

Add the perfect finishing touch to your wedding cake with gorgeous flowers from Glenys Mercer Floral Designs. Choose from orchards, lilys and more to make your unique cake shine on your special day!

Glenys Mercer Floral Designs is a vibrant Australian floral design studio based in Brisbane, specialising in wedding and corporate floral designs. Owner Glenys is very hands-on and heads an artistic team of designers who remain at the forefront of fashionable floristry. Known for her original creations, Glenys provides a wide range of floral services for all tastes and budgets. Having received a number of awards for floral designs and artwork and being trained by European master florists in the art of creating stunning designs for every event and occasion, it is easy to see why Glenys Mercer Floral Designs are in constant demand to design flowers for celebrations state-wide.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Heavenscent Wedding Cakes

Heaven Scent Intl is a designer range of wedding and specialty cakes, high teas, hampers, bomboniere, gifts and gift baskets. Since 2002, we have been providing quality, handmade products to make weddings a special time of joy and beauty. Our involvement may start with the engagement party cake or hen's high tea and continue through to the bomboniere. Whichever of our services selected, all HSI products are hand crafted, beautifully presented and tailored to your occasion and style romantic, elegant, funky, contemporary, traditional, individual. We look forward to being part of your special day!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Hilde Heim Sample Sale!… Grab a Bargin!

Is your budget tight but you still want to wear your dream dress on your big day? Do you love a good bargain or are you tired of spending your entire weekend dress hunting?

You need to be at the Bridal Couture Sample Sale in Brisbane! Hilde Heim will be selling her one-off samples or last season's wedding dresses at fabulous discounted prices. You could save up to 70% on your wedding dress! Don't miss out on buying your dream dress at a small price!

At our last sample sale, Megan bought ‘Heaven’, reduced from $2,250 to $1,495, Alison got a great bargain buying ‘Harriet’, reduced from $2,250 to $1,250, and Gemma snapped up ‘Honesty’ for $795 reduced from $3,500! Good luck to all these brides for their nuptials.

Date | Sunday 23rd January 2011
Time | 10am-2pm, by appointment.
Address | 454c Enoggera Road, Alderley, Q4051

Please register your attendance by visiting Hilde Heim and completing the online form