Surrounding areas, including Ipswich, which plays host to one of the rounds of the championship at the Queensland Raceway circuit, were also severely damaged.
A total of 16 people have been killed and at least a further 50 are still unaccounted for in the floods, which have affected 83 communities. Over 70,000 homes are still without power and over 4,000 people are living in evacuation centre accommodation.
The impact of the floods will be felt for years to come, and has devastated much of the Queensland economy, which is heavily reliant on tourism and agriculture. The clean-up operation will take months, and a total of $64 million has already been raised in corporate and private donations around the country.
On the weekend, it was the turn of the V8 Supercars drivers – and a huge coterie of other sports stars and celebrities from the Gold Coast region – to band together while attending the ‘Mates in Need’ fundraiser street party, which raised over $1 million additional funding.
V8 Supercars Australia has also donated $50,000 to the Premier’s Flood Relief Appeal fund.
To find out how you can to the Premier’s Flood Relief Appeal, click here.
[Original images via Gold Coast]