Councillor carries on
COUNCILLOR Cheryl Bromage has carried an added emotional burden through the flood crisis but is adamant that doesn’t make her special.
The Ipswich councillor was called away from helping people deal with the floods this week to identify the body of her uncle.
Robert Bromage, who was in his 50s, died after driving his car into floodwater near his Karrabin home, seven kilometres west of the Ipswich CBD.
Police said that about 11.15am Wednesday, they were notified of a car submerged in a creek near Karrabin-Rosewood Road.
The vehicle was retrieved by Queensland Fire and Rescue Service personnel soon after and Mr Bromage was found dead inside.
“All I know so far is that he went out to buy some cigarettes,” Cr Bromage said yesterday.
“He only recently bought the car – he’d only had it for six days – and it was a front-wheel drive car.
“They’re thinking the front wheels went into the water and the car got swept away.
“He was found by workers at the Bradken factory; they saw four tyres sticking out of the water. They called police and after the car was pulled out they cross-checked the number plate and saw the name and realised it isn’t a common name so they contacted me.”
She said her uncle had two children in their 30s, who she contacted to tell them about their father’s death.
“The hardest thing is I had to deal with it because everyone else was cut off from communication,” she said.
However Cr Bromage maintained her ordeal was not uncommon and she was determined to keep helping people caught up in the floods.
“It’s the Ipswich spirit; you just get on with it,” she said.
“I don’t want people feeling sorry for me; it’s not about me.
“I don’t want people to pity me.
“Yes, we’ve lost a member of our family but nothing we can do will bring him back. I’ve just got to keep helping other people. That’s my job. I’ve just been getting around helping people out and so is my family. That’s probably helping us get through this.
“There are other people who have more problems than me.”