The Road Ahead : 01-Aug-2011
Without the kindness of organisations such as the RACQ Foundation, I don't know where we'd be ... MAKES YOUR DAY 9 AUG/SEP 2011 THE ROAD AHEAD RACQ FOUNDATION COMMUNITY *RACQ Members receive 1% p.a. discount off their loan rate. Member discount does not apply to the New Car Special rate. Settlement of the R ACQ Finance loan contract must occur on or prior to 31 December 2011. Offer cannot be redeemed for cash or other goods and services. * No ongoing fees • Great fixed rate Apply today RACQ206 Members save: Visit racq.com/carloans or call 1300 361 316 a staff member yelled out "we're flooding down here" over the pelting rain on January 10, the day flash flooding hit the city. "My first reaction was to assume that our heritage roof and window fittings just couldn't take any more of the punishment being inflicted on them -- not for a moment did I expect to see water pouring in from the street through closed doors and solid panes of glass," Dr Hudson said. "We deliver services as far as Condamine to the west, Stanthorpe in the south, and Lockyer Valley and Springfield in the east, so we really rely on our vehicles to get services out to our communities. We're looking forward to getting back to full strength and offering the communities the services they are used to." Townsville Aeromodellers' Society received $7995 for repairing grass runways and new shade structures that were destroyed by the force of Cyclone Yasi. According to committee member Clint Healy, the grounds used by the society were already under water before Yasi hit due to a relentless wet season and Cyclone Anthony, which blew through only weeks before. "There was shin deep water across the flying area, trees down everywhere, so we had no access to the area and then the cyclone came through and tore the shade sails to shreds," Mr Healy said The society consists of almost 60 members who fly radio- control aeroplanes, with regular Sunday flying sessions attracting increasing community interest, especially among families with children. By July, the new shade sails and structures were in place, the runways had been levelled and the society was just waiting for two loads of top soil to finish off the repairs to the washouts across the runways. For a small organisation that falls outside the definition of 'sporting organisation' for federal funding purposes, getting access to funds to help rebuild vital facilities was difficult. "I'm a Gold member of RACQ, so I found out about the RACQ Foundation through an email newsletter," Mr Healy said. "The help from the RACQ Foundation has been amazing. Without it, we would have needed to use all the money we had stashed away. One more natural disaster and we would have folded." For more information on the RACQ Foundation, visit www. racq.com/foundation.