Ted Bradley’s insurance was paid out and his house rebuilt after the floods. He is the only resident living back in a house on Brisbane Tce, Goodna.
Ted Bradley’s insurance was paid out and his house rebuilt after the floods. He is the only resident living back in a house on Brisbane Tce, Goodna. Sarah Harvey

At last, some good news for Goodna

THERE'S a reason flood victim Ted Bradley is smiling – he's the only person in Goodna's flood-hit Brisbane Terrace whose home has been repaired.

Mr Bradley has moved back into his renovated home, thanks to $130,000 worth of repairs paid for by his insurer APIA.

His fortunes are in stark contrast to the vast majority of Ipswich home owners who have been denied a payout from their insurer and have had to rely on volunteers and donations to get their life back together.

Incredibly, it took APIA just one hour to confirm Mr Bradley's home and possessions were insured for the January 12 river flood that rendered thousands of Ipswich people homeless.

“I'm the only one on Brisbane Tce that has had their home rebuilt and moved back in,” Mr Bradley said.

“I'm two months ahead of everyone else here.

“I was actually reluctant to call APIA after the flood because everyone told me their insurers were denying their claim.

“I waited a week until I picked up the phone, but they called me back an hour later and said I was covered and the paperwork was on its way for me to sign.”

On January 12, water swallowed Mr Bradley's home, leaving just the roof exposed.

The semi-retired Goodna Eagles volunteer had lived in the home for 17 years.

He feared it would be 12 months before his home was rebuilt, and thought he would have to wait for government help like his neighbours.

“It's all happened quite quickly. The builders came in and were fantastic,” he said.

“I'm the lucky one here. APIA deserves credit for how they treated me.”

The only possession of Mr Bradley's that survived the flood was his pet turtle, creatively named Turtle.

Despite being in a fish tank when the flood hit, the turtle was found 30 metres away in the back bedroom.

“He was just covered in mud, but he was fine,” Mr Bradley said.

“I thought he would be on South Stradbroke Island.”



NDIS: Carer says autistic son worse off

premium_icon NDIS: Carer says autistic son worse off

One Ipswich family is fighting the NDIS for home modifications

Chance to give old glasses second sight

Chance to give old glasses second sight

Call for locals to fish out their old glasses for those in need

'Bad day' led to man's aerial-bending, road-rage revenge

premium_icon 'Bad day' led to man's aerial-bending, road-rage revenge

Hurt feelings from a road rage incident triggered a revenge attack

Local Partners