COMMUNITY CHAMPION LENNIE JACKSON ENCOURAGES ISLANDERS TO JOIN DISASTER RESPONSE PROGRAM Redland City Council’s Community Champion program is a community-led initiative providing support to island residents during disasters by caring for others and their wellbeing. Lennie Jackson moved to Macleay Island in 2016 and became a community champion more than three years ago, knowing she wanted to give back to her community. “I’ve served in the Women’s Royal Australian Air Force and I’ve volunteered overseas, so giving back to others is something that drives me and makes me proud,” Ms Jackson said. “We need on-ground volunteer groups like Community Champions who are ready to respond in times of need, whether there's a flood or fire event or pandemic. “While the Southern Moreton Bay Islands are equipped with police, fire, ambulance, and SES units, sometimes there can be a delay in establishing evacuation centres depending on the emergency. “But by having a dedicated team of people who can set-up and run these centres during emergency events, we can ensure the safety of islanders is met as quickly as possible. “Community Champions meet bi-monthly and are trained in psychological first aid and evacuation centre management. “I would encourage any islander who has spare time to join the program and help the island community in times of need.” To find out how to join the program, contact Council on 3829 8999.
Macleay Island community champion Lennie Jackson.