Ipswich firms working together
STORIES of hardship, bravery, endurance and triumph continue to resound throughout the Ipswich business community.
Mother-of-two and Foyster’s Communications director Amanda Foy had moved into her new office at Turley Street in the last week of November after spending a month renovating it.
Less than six weeks later almost two meters of sewerage-
contaminated flood water tore through the building, destroying hers and 17 other businesses in the precinct.
All were part of the Business Enterprise Centre Ipswich Region’s (BECIR) “incubator program” where manager Tony Axford and his staff support and advise growing businesses.
Mrs Foy and her colleague Amanda Taylor, of Popeto Portrait Studio, weren’t able to salvage anything after the water receded.
“Because the sewerage plant just over from the complex went under as well the sludge through the office was contaminated with sewerage, so everything was destroyed,” she said.
“In priceless stuff, I’ve lost my entire work history, my work notes, my resources that I’ve collected over the last 22 years, research, my business plan, documents and photos.
“I remember things every day that I have lost personally, but I don’t get sad anymore.
“The universe has said I really didn’t need any of that stuff anymore and by coating it in mud and poo, I guess it was saying, trust me, you don’t need it anymore’.”
Recruitment Queensland (RQ) managing director Alison McGrath donated temporary office space for the two women, leaving Mrs Foy “incredibly grateful”.
“She herself lost half her home in the flood,” Mrs Foy said.
“Now we have somewhere to sit, power and a great group of people around us.”
Ms McGrath was optimistic about her own circumstances, and said while she and her family were living in a construction zone, she was blessed to have a roof over her head.
“Since moving into our new offices in the Ipswich City Square we have more room so we had an opportunity to share this space with a displaced business during their time of rebuild,” Ms McGrath said.
“It is critical that we all support each other during this time and use our local businesses to assist in the recovery and rebuilding process.”
Ms McGrath drew attention to the dilemma facing most small to medium enterprises (SMEs) in Ipswich.
“Businesses that were not flooded are still impacted significantly,” she said.
“My staff have rallied together in an amazing and positive way to keep moving forward even when we are suffering an economic impact from the flow-on of flood-affected clients.”
RQ will hold a Ladies Race Day at the Ipswich Turf Club on Friday, March 25, from midday with the proceeds being split between the Ipswich Flood Appeal and Ipswich Hospice Care.
Visit www.becir.com.au for business recovery advice and grant applications.