Dozens of Rapid Relief Team (RRT) volunteers from across the country have joined the clean-up effort on the Gold Coast after a Christmas storm hammered the region.

Last week, a 20-strong team of volunteers from NSW and Victoria joined more than two dozen RRT volunteers already on the ground. The team has been working around the clock to clear more than 2,000 cubic metres of downed trees and vegetation, to date.

RRT Director Lester Sharples said crews with bobcats and excavators will continue working alongside the Australian Defence Force and Disaster Recovery Australia to clear debris as quickly as possible.

“The scale of the clean-up is immense and there’s a long way to go, which is why we’re bringing in extra support from across Australia to help get the community back on its feet,” Mr Sharples said. 

“Every tree we clear brings the community here one step closer to not only recovery but a sense of normality.

“The extra support from NSW and Victoria is bolstering our Queensland crews on the ground who have done an incredible job clearing more than 2,000 cubic metres of fallen trees and branches.

“The Rapid Relief Team is working alongside the Australian Defence Force and Disaster Recovery Australia to support clean-up in whatever way we can, with our teams using excavators and bobcats to help clear debris.

“The repair homes and infrastructure can’t get underway properly until the clean-up is done and I thank our volunteers for coming from across the country to help the Gold Coast community get back on its feet as soon as possible.”

The RRT is the charitable arm of the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church.

Established in 2013, the RRT has more than 14,500 volunteers around the world who assist emergency services in times of disaster and crisis by providing meals and other support.