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Our people in action – helping communities to recover

Photo of Alicia Lovi, Amy Law and Kevin Irwin.

Pictured from left to right - Alicia, Amy and Kevin

Treasury deployed seven staff members in 2010 to help communities impacted by disasters in south-east, north and western Queensland. Thirty-seven Treasury staff are registered for this community recovery service, which involves temporarily working in devastated communities with other agencies to provide information, services and financial assistance. Three Treasury staff members share their community recovery stories.

Alicia Lovi
Finance Officer,
Office of State Revenue,
Community recovery in Roma,
March 2010

Helping the community was an amazing experience – one in which I met wonderful people and gained memories that will last forever.

I was touched by how resilient the community was after such a devastating event, and also by their country hospitality. So many people had lost so much, yet they’d be asking us to check on their neighbour whose damage had been worse or offering us a cup of tea.

I’ve had my own share of life-changing events and this has had a massive impact on how I see the world. In Roma, I knew I had to keep an open mind and have my own resilience to deal with anything that came my way.

My advice to future volunteers? Jump in and be part of the community. All you need is the right motivation and a willingness to work hard!

Amy Law
Accountant,
Treasury Office
Community recovery in Mackay and
Airlie Beach, April 2010

I wanted to get involved in something tangible, and community recovery was an opportunity to do just that.

I’m very fortunate to be working where I am. My work area supported my decision to join the community recovery register. They also readily released me for deployment. In fact, they have always supported my professional and personal development. Together, they managed my workload so I could focus on community recovery for six consecutive days.

The best thing about it was the opportunity to work with people from different disciplines and cultures. We were all so different, but we remained united and like-minded. It wasn’t about us; we were there to help those who had been affected by a disaster.

It was a great feeling to do something worthwhile that was beyond my insular world. Next time, I will be more prepared – I will be taking my GPS!

Kevin Irwin
Finance Officer,
Office of State Revenue
Community recovery in Roma and
St George, March 2010

Getting out of bed each morning was the only predictable thing during my time in Roma and St George.

I saw first-hand gutted and destroyed homes and workplaces. In some cases, I couldn’t hide my shock – everything families owned and worked for was piled on the lawn.

A smile and a listening ear can make all the difference. But we weren’t there to ‘have a chat’. I was happy to do whatever was needed: making lunches, cleaning, visiting homes to assess eligibility and making calls. I also signed cheques for grants so families could buy necessities.

For us, the hard days would end and we could go to a clean, dry motel and then back to our normal lives. The people we were helping didn’t have that luxury; they had to just keep going.

Many hands make light work, so the more people involved the lighter the workload.

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Last reviewed 28 November 2013