Habitat for Humanity’s Trevor Foote oversees the start of construction of Amy Oerton’s new home.
Habitat for Humanity’s Trevor Foote oversees the start of construction of Amy Oerton’s new home. David Nielsen

Finally, a home for Amy

BUNDAMBA resident Amy Oerton can walk into her garden and see her new home being built from the ground up.

Ms Oerton is the first of three flood-affected Ipswich residents to be given a house by Pearls MiiHomes.

Her modular, two-bedroom, self-contained addition to her parents' Agnes St home arrived on a truck two days ago.

The January floods last year submerged her downstairs flat and rose to about a metre inside the top storey of the existing house.

Most of Ms Oerton's possessions underneath her childhood home were lost.

"We live in the lowest part of Bundamba," she said.

"Any time it floods, we get hit.

"We ended up in a rental property till November."

Ms Oerton, on a disability pension and low income, was among 12 applicants for the three giveaway homes.

"I have enough furniture to start up a house," she said.

Ipswich Habitat for Humanity chairman Trevor Foote said each recipient could decide to help with construction of their home.

"If they give us a donation, we're quite happy to receive it," he said.

"We've got to pay for a builder and other associated costs.

"We're grateful to Ipswich North Rotary Club and Ipswich City Council for donations, and Apprenticeships Queensland."



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