Clean-up gets divine kind of touch
IPSWICH City Council will fill more buses with the willing and able today following an overwhelming response to the flood recovery effort.
The heartbreak of the floods has been eclipsed by the heartening sight of thousands of hard-working Ipswich people braving the hot sun and the crowded streets to tackle the muddy, stinking mess that has been left behind.
While more than 700 people took advantage of the council-run bus service to flood-affected neighbourhoods yesterday, it is estimated that the true number of volunteers exceeded 4000.
This led to some serious traffic congestion around parts of Goodna and the CBD yesterday, and Ipswich City Council has urged anyone wanting to volunteer today to take the bus and help reduce the strain on the roads.
By the time the first bus left the marshalling point at the Briggs Road Sporting Complex yesterday morning about 7.30am, more than 200 people had registered.
Four buses distributed the volunteers to various points across the city – a key location being Brassall State School – which was badly inundated last Wednesday.
One of those who arrived by bus, Rosewood resident Lorraine Broady, said it had been a busy morning.
“I felt like I just wanted to help – especially because my house was not affected – I just felt very lucky,” she said.
“The bus was great. I think the little streets really need something like this just to ease the congestion.”
About 12 people from the bus service joined an already massive recovery crew at the school yesterday.
Among the staff, teachers and parents assisting in the job, there was also a bus load of Taiwanese nationals who were part of the Buddhist Zhu Chi Foundation’s Gold Coast branch.
Spokeswoman Wendy Spencer said the recovery effort fit in perfectly with the group’s motto that giving is better than receiving.
“All we want to do is to help clean and lend a hand where we can,” Ms Spencer said.
“One step at a time we feel we can help rebuild this city together.”
Making sure the volunteers didn’t go thirsty or hungry was a small group from World Gym at the Gold Coast, who donated a barbecue lunch and cold drinks.
According to Ipswich City Council, large numbers of young people had been coming from Brisbane and the Gold Coast to lend a hand in Ipswich.
How to get involved in the cleanup:
Register at Ipswich City Council’s registration station at the Briggs Road Sporting Complex, 121-135 Briggs Road, Flinders View.
Buses leave at 7.30am and 12.30pm.
For more information contact Ipswich City Council on 3810 6666.