FOLLOWING THE 2011 Central Queensland and Brisbane floods, Cyclone Yasi and continuing flooding rains in North
Queensland, the Uniting Church, Queensland Synod, is developing a practical response to support those whose first line of duty is to support community disaster response and recovery, employed and volunteer agents, and their congregations and communities.
The Synod recognises the support already provided by these people in responding to a call to sustain communities facing
trauma of this kind.
The Queensland Synod Disaster Relief Funds Distribution Committee (convened by Rev Kaye Ronalds) has been created
to disperse funds to support community recovery projects and meet specific needs in the community.
The fund has a responsibility to meet specific Australian Government accountability requirements for its distribution.
To help applicants for funds in meeting these responsibilities and to coordinate support efforts across Queensland, Ian Laurie has been appointed as Community Recovery Coordinator to liaise with congregations, members and the Disaster Relief Funds Distribution Committee.
Mr Laurie will volunteer his time of two days per week and plans to be at the Synod Office on Mondays and Tuesdays in the first instance.
The Synod is grateful that Mr Laurie is willing to share his many gifts in this important support role for community recovery.
For information on applying for financial or other support to engage in community recovery contact email@example.com or 07 3377 9935
Photo : Synod Community Recovery Coordinator volunteer Ian Laurie. Photo by Osker Lau.