More than 100,000 items distributed as part of flood recovery

Date published: 20 February 2019

Townsville’s flood recovery effort remains totally committed to getting residents back on their feet, with more than 100,000 items being distributed across the community.

Not-for-profit, GIVIT, has received more than $1 million dollars in cash donations.

Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill said GIVIT has received thousands of requests for help, with requests still coming daily and are expected to continue over the coming months.

“There’s been a shift in the needs of flood-affected residents,” Cr Hill said.

“When this historic event struck people needed emergency supplies like water and basic food needs.

“Some residents are fortunate enough to be moving back into their homes and there’s a growing demand for essential items like clothes, beds and whitegoods.”

GIVIT has sent more than 103,000 items to affected areas.

Townsville Local Recovery and Resilience Group Chair Deputy Mayor Les Walker said families need day to day supplies.

“Home owners are looking to rebuild their lives so they’ll need furniture and electrical goods,” Cr Walker said.

Cr Hill said the donations are helping the local economy.

“These items have been purchased locally from a range of stores so that is keeping the money in Townsville,” Cr Hill said.

“Supplies are being sent out on a priority basis that has been determined by local charity partners.”

The charities include the Australian Red Cross, Headspace, Lifeline, The Salvation Army, YWAM Townsville, North Townsville Community Hub, Queensland Youth Services and Team Rubicon.