Ipswich mayor Paul Pisasale with Brad Bishopp, who owns the thank-you billboard. Mr Bishopp has donated the use of the billboard and the labour in erecting it to the council.
Ipswich mayor Paul Pisasale with Brad Bishopp, who owns the thank-you billboard. Mr Bishopp has donated the use of the billboard and the labour in erecting it to the council. Rob Williams

A big flood thank-you

IPSWICH residents have been recognised for their efforts in resurrecting the city after January's flood disaster with a new billboard on Brisbane Rd saying thank you to the community.

Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale said the sign, donated by Bishopp Outdoor Advertising, was aimed at everyone involved in the clean-up of Ipswich.

"There's more than Ipswich people who drive past this - we want people to know we're thankful wherever they come from," he said.

"Bishopp Outdoor has been a fantastic supporter of the city.

"They're more than a provider of signs - they care for the community."

Bishopp Outdoor Advertising managing director Brad Bishopp said the billboard, at Dinmore, would be up for the month of October.

"We knew the recovery was near and dear to Paul so we contacted him and suggested we utilise this free space to promote the fact that Ipswich is getting back on its feet," he said.

"We're just happy to work with this city because there were a lot of people involved in the clean-up program."

Mr Bishopp said they were glad to be a part of Ipswich.

"Although Bishopp Outdoor is a Brisbane-based company, we have an inventory right through Queensland where we feel part of the community," he said.

"And Ipswich is one of those cities near and dear to us."

The mayor said Ipswich is bigger and stronger thanks to the people of south-east Queensland.

"I think natural disasters really distinguish what a community's like," he said. "Everyone can manage the good times but the bad times are what give you the character and the strength."

Mr Bishopp is offering Mr Pisasale several more billboards at cost price to continue the promotion and the council is now looking for sponsors.



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