Editor’s Note: UPDATE (2 March 2022) – The Wellers Hill Bowls Club initiative has wound down and Council advises residents to proceed to the Chandler Arena instead.
Residents in the southside who have nowhere else to go and need a safe haven from the devastating floods are welcome to seek shelter at the Wellers Hill Bowls Club on Esher Street in Tarragindi.
The club operators announced that they will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. for those who will need a dry place to enjoy some food, use the toilet facilities, and rest after the stressful weather events for the past few days. The site has accommodated more than 30 flood victims and their pets, and they are expecting more in the coming days.
“We have a big hall and plenty of tables and chairs. We are animal friendly so you can bring your pets. We have coffee and tea facilities as well as a kitchen,” Anthony Neven said. “Our address is 34 Esher St or give me a call at 0411 415 373.”
Whilst originally intended to open for overnight stays, the operators of Wellers Hill Bowls Club said that Council has asked them to direct flood victims looking for a place to sleep at the Sleeman Sports Complex in Chandler, a pet-friendly evacuation centre.
Nonetheless, the clubhouse will still welcome donations for the flood victims, such as toiletries and warm blankets for those coming in for the day.
Aside from Sleeman Sports Complex in Chandler, the Council has also turned the Kedron-Wavell Services Club into an overnight shelter/evacuation centre in the northside, which will accept only trained service animals with their families.
Evacuation Kit Must-Haves
Evacuees are advised to bring the following items to the temporary shelters:
- Mobile phone and charger
- Spare clothing
- Important documents (e.g. insurance papers, passports, birth certificates, backup of computer files)
- Necessary medication and prescriptions
- Needs for infants such as formula or nappies
- Bedding, pillow, and blankets
- lead and muzzle for dogs
- food for pets
- litter and a litter tray for pets
Track Emergency Info and Updates
For essential trips, however, check for road conditions via the Department of Transport and Main Roads updates. Also, follow the updates for other impacted services at Council’s official site.
For flood emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500. For life-threatening emergencies, call Triple Zero (000) immediately.