Celebration as families find feet after flood heartache

Rodam and Cinnia Matthews, 3.
Rodam and Cinnia Matthews, 3.

IT WAS bright skies and sunshine for Ipswich's Community Recovery Day.

The contrast compared to the weather residents saw in 2011 and again in January this year couldn't have been greater.

The community, which has been greatly affected by flood events during the past two years, celebrated its recovery with a free family event.

Held at The Workshops Rail Museum, the day offered a host of activities including a trackless train, a jumping castle, face painting and roving entertainment.

FACE PAINT: Mia Kinhe, 6, enjoys the post-flood celebration at the Workshops Rail Museum.
FACE PAINT: Mia Kinhe, 6, enjoys the post-flood celebration at the Workshops Rail Museum. Claudia Baxter

Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale said the day offered a chance for the community to come together for some fun after the trying times of the past couple of years.

"Our community has been greatly impacted by severe weather events over the past two years with the floods of both 2011 and 2013," Cr Pisasale said.

He said the Community Recovery Day signalled the close of another chapter in Ipswich's post-flood recovery journey.

"We want to focus our attention now on all the good things that are happening in Ipswich and come together to celebrate the way we have triumphed over adversity."

RIGHT: Mira Johnston, 6, of Flinders View, waits patiently as her painting unfolds at the Community Recovery Day.
RIGHT: Mira Johnston, 6, of Flinders View, waits patiently as her painting unfolds at the Community Recovery Day.


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