More than 80,000 cans of free drinking water will arrive in Townsville this week for people affected by the recent flooding.
The water will be available to charities and community groups who are supporting residents in the regions. Potential recipients include people at evacuation centres, residents whose access to clean water has been compromised and volunteers helping in the clean-up effort.
The water has been dispatched to Townsville as part of Carlton & United Breweries’ free drinking water program.
The program was launched in December in conjunction with the Queensland Government and not-for-profit GIVIT (givit.org.au).
CUB has produced thousands of cans that are stored across the state to ensure Queenslanders affected by natural disasters have access to clean drinking water.
The water will be distributed through local charities and disaster recovery agencies.
CUB has directed those affected by the floods and needing support to go to one of the city’s Community Recovery Hubs. There are four hubs operating at the State Government Building in Stanley Street, Townsville; Townsville Stadium in the Murray Sporting Complex, Annandale; Townsville Brothers Football Club in Hi Vista Park, Mt Louisa; and 1300Smiles Stadium in Kirwan.
Townsville on the road to recovery
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Minister Craig Crawford signed the declaration lifting Townsville’s disaster status over the weekend.
Crawford said Burdekin, Charters Towers, Flinders, Hinchinbrook, Palm Island, Richmond and Townsville were now in “full recovery mode”.
“Within the next 24 hours our evacuation centres should be empty with everyone in need in proper accommodation,” he said.
More than 23,600 people have received about $4.02 million in hardship payments, while the North Queensland Floods Appeal has received more than $2 million so far.
Power has been reconnected to more than 15,000 homes, with Ergon aiming to have supply available to all customers impacted by the floods by tomorrow.