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International jazz singer to perform at Fig Tree Pocket flood relief concert

A COMMUNITY JAZZ CONCERT flood fund-raiser featuring a host of talented jazz musicians including international jazz singer, Amanda Carr who sings for the famous Boston Pops Orchestra, will be held at Fig Tree Pocket State School oval, Cubberla Street, Fig Tree Pocket in Brisbane, Australia on September 17 from 4pm to 6.30pm. The event will raise funds for families still struggling to get back on their feet after January’s devastating floods. Fig Tree Pocket was one of the areas significantly affected by floodwater and long-time resident and sponsor, Joanne Bullock-Saxton has organised the event to help those still battling to regain their lives and rebuild their homes. She hopes the concert will provide a boost in spirit and finances for locals affected by the flood. “Like so many other flood-affected suburbs, we still have many who have not yet returned home and who have been hit hard by the cost of rebuilding, but we are resilient and wherever possible help each-other out and I think that quality is what has drawn such support and interest …

Brisbane rentals shortage

While most of the flood clean-up of Brisbane’s flooded homes is drawing to a close, flood victims unable to return to their ravaged homes, are now facing a rental shortage. Rentals are ‘like gold’ according to one flood victim forced to pay $800 a week for a four-bedroomed home in Brisbane’s Western suburbs. She considers herself fortunate. If she hadn’t instantly agreed to pay the premium rent, someone else would have snatched it from under her nose. There are hundreds who are yet to find somewhere to live. Many families are still staying with friends or relatives but sooner or later, they will need to find some semblance of normality. Agents are inundated. Traditionally, finding a rental home in Brisbane from December through to January was difficult enough. Locals competed with throngs of interstate or overseas house hunters and university students needing accommodation for the start of a new year. Now they are faced with former property owners entering the rental market too. Estate agent, Cathy Lammie, a top seller in one of the Western …