Clean Up Australia 2022: Queensland’s recent wild weather and high floodwaters wreaked havoc across the State’s South-East and our College neighbourhood, St Lucia did not escape harm.
Around the suburb, many local residents woke up to waterlogged homes, with cherished personal possessions and furniture either washed away or floating in dirty water.
Closer to Cromwell, flooding submerged parts of Walcott Street and Hood Street, covering the oval and sinking cars parked alongside the bottom playing fields.
Thankfully, Cromwell College itself remained high and dry on the hill and our students showed tremendous leadership and teamwork during the deluge. It was all hands on deck with students and staff pitching in where needed in a fantastic display of Crommie ticker.
Once the rain finally eased and floodwaters receded, it was time to mobilise our Crommie Mud Army. Clean Up Australia Day took on extra special meaning this year with much cleaning and work to do to help restore order to St Lucia.
Cromwell students mustered around a coffee van near Hancock and after a hot cuppa, they were pumped to hit the neighbourhood streets as clean up crews. The job was huge! Thick layers of mud, assorted debris, destroyed cars and damaged furniture was cluttering streets and flood-ravaged homes.
Cromwell students and staff, local residents, and even the army turned out to help our St Lucia community recover. A big shout out to Cromwell Students’ Association, Vice President, Tom Hallam, for his tireless efforts helping the St Lucia community all week, but especially for organising a huge turnout on Clean Up Australia Day!