Flood recovery day
THE efforts of emergency services, defence personnel and volunteers were recognised yesterday at a free Goodna event.
Families from the surrounding areas who went to the Goodna Flood Recovery Centre barbecue at the weekend were treated with a free barbecue, fireworks, rides and entertainment.
The concert was organised to say thank you to everyone who gave a helping hand to those affected by recent floods through Ipswich and the Centenary suburbs.
A memorial plaque was laid in the Goodna Walk of Fame, established during last year’s Jacaranda Festival, in honour of all those who volunteered during the floods.
Ipswich City Council Division 2 Councillor Paul Tully said volunteers and flood-affected residents relished the opportunity to get out and have some fun.
“I saw a lot of people dancing and singing, and it’s probably the first opportunity a lot of people have had to wind down,” Cr Tully said.
“There’s been 40 days since the flood today.”
Cr Tully said the generosity and courage of local volunteers, church and community groups during the floods was inspiring.
Cr Tully said the memorial plaque laid on the footpath opposite the Goodna RSL would be a permanent reminder of the efforts of Australian volunteers, emergency services workers and the defence force.
“I presented the plaque to the Mayor and to Bernie Ripoll to recognise all of the volunteers of the 2011 floods,” he said.
Hundreds of people attended the free community event into the early evening and were entertained by a tribute concert including the Australian Army Band, the Wolverines, Normie Rowe and Rhonda Burchmore.
All the entertainment and food for the day was donated by local and national businesses.