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Floodlines: a living memory

7 April – 19 April 2012

Last summer, a deluge of epic proportions brought Queensland to a halt. Through stories, exhibitions and events State Library shares your contemporary and historical memories of Queensland floods. Making sense of the past and celebrating the spirit of recovery.

Floodlines: a living memory
Showcasing the significant events of the Queensland summer of 2010–11,Floodlines: a living memory celebrates the power of communities, their stories and spirit.

This exhibition interweaves photographs, film, music, sound and material from State Library’s collections with a ‘wall of stories’ of TV news footage and personal accounts of flood experiences, and designs for future flood-proofing with Flood of Ideas.

Queensland’s Flood and Cyclone Mosaic of community-contributed photos, and the political response to the disaster, help complete the rich and complex story of a summer we will never forget.

You’ll soon be able to download the Floodlines app for iPhone and iPad, to see flood waters rise in 3D as part of the exhibition. Using cutting-edge augmented reality technology, the app allows you to simulate the rise and fall of the Brisbane River across the CBD and surrounding areas.

slq Gallery, level 2 | Free

Floodlines: 19th century Brisbane
The ‘great floods’ of 1893 have lodged in community memory as a benchmark against which all succeeding floods have been measured. This exhibition probes the history of the 19th century flooding of the Brisbane River and examines the lessons learned and opportunities lost.

Philip Bacon Heritage Gallery, level 4 | Free

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Yours in photography,

Social media at the forefront of news coverage

Proof we don’t do things in halves, the universe threw two of the century’s largest moments into three days – a royal wedding and the takedown of the world’s most wanted terrorist. And proof of the changing ways we communicate in the 21st century, social media was at the forefront of alerting the world.

The pomp and decadence of the Royal Wedding on Friday shone a pretty, romantic light over the world – which let’s admit, has been pretty bleak in 2011 courtesy of Mother Nature’s tragedies. Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Flickr were championing conversation, coverage and updates in the minutes pre, during and post wedding which two billion people stopped to watch.

However, this romance was quite literally killed, overshadowed by the death of Osama bin Laden yesterday. Like the Royal Wedding, social media played a pivotal role in this story, notably in how the news broke.  As reported on Wired, the Osama takedown set the Twitter record, with the micro-blogging site being the avenue where the news was first shared – by a Blackberry.

Personally, I first heard the news of bin Laden’s death at the gym, via Facebook, which led me to research news sites on my iPhone. In fact, the more I think about it, Facebook has been the source of my news and updates through the ups and downs of 2011: the Queensland floods and cyclone, Christchurch’s earthquake, Japan’s tsunami and earthquake, the Royal Wedding coverage … and now bin Laden.

How did you hear about the bin Laden news? And what is your best source of news?

Yours in social media changing the way we communicate,


Nothing beats Queensland campaign launches

Nothing beats Queensland is the message that will be promoted to Australia and the world as part of a joint $10 million Gillard and Bligh Government global tourism marketing strategy.

Government Acting Prime Minister and Treasurer Wayne Swan and Queensland Premier Anna Bligh yesterday announced details of the campaign to support the state’s $9.2 billion tourism industry in the wake of recent natural disasters [floods and cyclone]. Mr Swan said the campaign will encourage potential visitors by targeting media from around the globe to come to Queensland.

Ms Bligh said the campaign would harness the unbeatable Queensland spirit to promote the State to locals, Australians and the world. “These disasters have not beaten us because nothing beats Queensland!” she said.


Details of the $10 million domestic and international marketing initiatives include:

· $4.5 million for interstate marketing, including a brand and retail campaign under the tagline “Nothing beats Queensland – Where Australia Shines” telling Australians that Queensland is open and featuring a range of competitive holiday packages. This will roll out by in March in time for the peak Easter booking period;

· $1 million for intrastate marketing encouraging Queenslanders to support their mates by holidaying at home and incorporating a “Queensland Pledge” from the state’s tourism operators to tell the world that that they are staging a comeback. This will start in late March.

· $1 million targeting New Zealanders as Queensland’s largest international market to begin in April;

· $800,000 for a global youth and adventure traveller campaign aimed at getting backpackers into Queensland to quickly inject new expenditure into Queensland’s destinations. Activity to begin in March;

· $700,000 for a global publicity blitz which will include bringing more than 100 international and domestic travel writers, news journalists and bloggers to Queensland simultaneously in late March. This will be the single largest event of its kind in Queensland history;

· $400,000 each for retail campaigns in Queensland’s top Japan, China and UK markets encouraging visitors from these countries to come and visit Queensland now. Activity to begin in April.

·$300,000 for marketing activity across the rest of Queensland’s international markets to begin in April.

I personally love this fresh approach to the pretty recent Where Australia Shines campaign – which received mixed views. Nothing beats Queensland is timely and honest, and at a time after such tragedy and testiment to the human spirit, I think we as Queenslanders are proud to stand behind this updated tagline, ‘cos really nothing really will beat Queensland.

Yours in the unbeatable Queensland spirit,


QLD floods inspire the extraordinary

This time last week I sat at my desk daydreaming about my weekend activities – specifically those I could use as inspiration for my first Brio Daily blog come Monday.  At the time, my plans were ordinary – take an early morning CityCat to Southbank, grab a coffee, wander over to GoMA, take a midday stroll to the Botanical Gardens and spend a lazy afternoon reading by the river before catching the sunset across the water. It’s the kind of magical day I’ve loved most since moving here in 2005, but as the Brisbane River spilled devastation into the suburbs last week it became clear those plans would not be a possibility.

Instead, I found something much more magical – being involved in the huge clean up effort organised to assist the thousands of Queenslanders affected by the ravaging floods. Armed with gumboots, sunscreen and a sense of community spirit I joined thousands of people across Brisbane and surrounding areas who boarded buses bound for areas worst affected by the devastating floods. When I arrived at Jindalee and St Lucia it was at once heartbreaking and nothing short of extraordinary. Thousands of volunteers clad in gumboots, armed with mops, buckets and brooms and all ready to tackle the enormous task of restoring the suburbs. Sentimental to my core, I can’t imagine how those affected by the flood disaster will feel in the days and months ahead, but like others who escaped the river’s wrath I can offer my time helping those in need through what will be tough times.

Seeing footage of the city slowly revealing its banks and starting to resemble the Brisbane of a few weeks ago, I can’t help but think about my next few weekends and how they will be spent donating time to those who are weighted down with the task of rebuilding their lives and homes. After the past week what else could be more magical and inspiring than making someone else smile?

To make someone smile, you can donate to the Premier’s flood relief appeal by calling 1800 219 028 or visiting the website; you can also give your time by registering at the Emergency Volunteering website.

Yours in magical thinking & gumboots,


Social Media in times of need

During the devastation that has been the 2011 floods in Queensland, it is hard to imagine not being able to obtain up to the minute information from social media networks such as Twitter and Facebook. We have seen in previous times of stress on the nation where social media really shines, allowing people from across the country and indeed the world to show their support, locate missing loved ones, offer services and food and so much more.

The Queensland floods are no different and social media is definitely providing a constant stream of information for all people in all communities which have been affected.

A quick check on Twitter shows that right now some of the trending topics globally are QLD, Queensland and Brisbane. An outpouring of emotion and generosity has been witnessed via social media, something that is reserved unfortunately for devastating times, but really shows the spirit of the state and the nation. It shows the good intention of human kind and how we all get behind one another in times of need.

I find it amazing and completely inspiring that social media is keeping us all connected through these days and potentially weeks of disruption, grief, heartache and despair and that when the waters recede and the clean up is done, social media will be there for us to reflect upon and rejoice in our ability to survive, rebuild and continue on.

What amazing social media contributions do you remember?

Yours in social media meets humanity,