Autocare Ipswich manager Richard Peasey has started work rebuilding his business after it was inundated by flood waters.
Autocare Ipswich manager Richard Peasey has started work rebuilding his business after it was inundated by flood waters. David Nielsen

City heart bouncing back

THEY may be facing thousands of dollars worth of damage, but after almost 30 years in Ipswich Richard Peasey has vowed his business will rebuild bigger and better.

Mr Peasey, who manages family business Autocare Ipswich in Brisbane Street said damage was estimated in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, with the business losing valuable electrical and office equipment.

“I have been coming here my whole life,” Mr Peasey said.

“The last few years I have put my soul into the business.

“The hard thing is seeing everything you have worked so hard for is now out on the footpath.”

He said he and father Martyn, who started the business in the early 1980s, had frantically tried to salvage what they could on Tuesday before they were asked to leave by police.

Mr Peasey said they had spent the past four days clearing out the store, with people from as far away as Redlands to help.

He said they were uncertain when they could re-open.

Next door, Bollywood Foods has lost at least $80,000 worth of contents and stock.

The business opened three years ago and is owned by Amarjit Singh Billa and wife Katrin.

Family friend Raj Mittal said it would be at least six weeks before the business could re-open.

Mr Mittal said the owners had been told that their insurance did not include floods.

A Coles spokesman said bobcats were literally stripping the Ipswich CBD store, but until they knew the full extent of the damage to the shop they couldn't give a re-opening date.

Businesses in Ipswich City Square such as Woolworths and Lowes, are expected to re-open today. Ipswich Chamber of Commerce president Michael Munt said businesses faced different levels of impact, with many losing everything.

He said businesses were worried about losing staff, how they would keep cash flowing and how and when they would be able to start trading again.

Mr Munt said the chamber was putting together a database of tradesman and Ipswich council services, with updates to be posted on its website,www.ipswichchamber.org.au.



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