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Whats On : March 2011
A MESSAGE FROM LORD MAYOR CAMPBELL NEWMAN In January, Brisbane experienced one of its worst natural disasters in over 100 years. The flood which struck the city affected 12,000 homes and 2500 commercial properties. While the clean up is well underway and Brisbane is again open for business, full recovery will take some time. I have been truly humbled by the community response to date. As soon as waters started to recede, tens-of-thousands of people volunteered to help friends, relatives, neighbours and fellow residents clean up their flood-affected property. I would especially like to thank all the staff and patrons of our Brisbane City Council libraries who played an important role throughout the flood recovery. Our libraries became a sanctuary to the thousands of people without electricity by providing access to televised news coverage, free internet and a place to recharge mobile phones and torch batteries. Library staff also helped coordinate our four volunteer registration centres on 15 and 16 January, which processed a staggering 23,000 volunteers. Three of our libraries were threatened by the flood, and while no water entered New Farm or Stones Corner Libraries, Fairfield Library was badly affected and will remain closed until further notice. Thank you to the hundreds of flood-affected residents who have already reported their borrowed items which were lost or damaged in the flood. Your quick response has been helpful in assisting Council to assess the damage and keep record of the library collection. For those yet to report flood- damaged items, you can still do so at your local library. To all Brisbane residents, thank you for your cooperation and determination through what has been a very difficult period. I hope you continue to enjoy our Council libraries and the services they provide. Campbell Newman Lord Mayor