In late February 2022, southeast Queensland started experiencing storms and intense rainfall. It continued for weeks, making its way down to northern New South Wales. Both regions were impacted by multiple rounds of devastating flooding. Tens of thousands of people were evacuated, homes and belongings were destroyed, and communities now face years of rebuilding.
Throughout it all, thanks to the support of generous everyday Australians, corporate partners, philanthropic donors and governments, Red Cross has been there – in evacuation centres, recovery hubs, processing emergency relief grants, and in communities long-term as they recover.
This report covers the first months of our response and recovery operation, how donations to the Australia Unites Telethon and the Qld and NSW Floods Appeal are being used, and our future plans to support communities.