Brisbane City Council to make sandbags available ahead of forecast wet summer


After heated debate in council chambers, Brisbane’s Lord Mayor has announced residents will be able to collect sandbags ahead of a forecast wet summer season.

Adrian Schrinner said a “super Saturday” event would be held on September 17 to allow flood-prone householders to prepare.

Describing it as “a new way of doing things with sandbags”, Cr Schrinner said it was the first time the council would provide sandbags like this ahead of summer.

It came after the Labor Opposition and independent councilor Nicole Johnston pressed the council to reveal what plans it had in place.

Cr Schrinner said 150,000 sandbags would be available for free collection, just short of the 177,000 which were distributed during the three-day deluge preceding February’s floods.

About 20,000 homes across Brisbane were impacted by February’s floods.(ABC News: Emilie Gramenz)

More sandbags would be filled after September 17 to ensure there was enough to meet demand leading up to summer, he added.

“There’s a lot we’ve learned from recent events.

“We will not have the same flood event we saw this year next year, it will be different, if it happens.

“It could be a flood event which includes river flooding, it could be flooding involving creek flooding.”

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