Riverlink shopping centre owner Bob Ell presents Mayor Paul Pisasale with a donation.
Riverlink shopping centre owner Bob Ell presents Mayor Paul Pisasale with a donation. David Nielsen

Flood help nudging $250,000

THE Ipswich Flood Appeal is nudging the $250,000 mark, with details of more significant corporate donations expected.

An Ipswich City Council spokesman yesterday confirmed deposits for the appeal stood at $246,489.

Yesterday, generous Riverlink shopping centre owner Bob Ell dipped into his pocket to donate almost $6000.

“This is an ongoing donation,” Mr Ell said.

“This one is $5800 just raised through shopkeepers in the centre. We’ve also given other money and several trucks to the council over the past couple of weeks.

“The centre continues to give money for the flood relief effort and that will continue.

“It’s an ongoing effort. It’s not a short-term thing.”

He said shops in Riverlink had also contributed to flood relief in other ways. They included:

Payless Shoes donated 150 $15 vouchers to flood victims.

Williams Shoes provided new school shoes for flood-affected children at Brassall, East Ipswich and Goodna State schools.

Hairhouse Warehouse, Just Cuts and Riverlink Barber, in partnership with Riverlink, treated 200 evacuees to a cut, shampoo and blowdry in the days immediately after the flooding.

Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale was delighted with the support from Riverlink in general and Bob Ell in particular.

“Riverlink has been fantastic,” Cr Pisasale said.

“It’s been the place where people come and feel safe and bring the kids to be entertained with Yogi Bear and the Wiggles.

“It’s been a calming influence.

“It’s amazing to think that if the flood had come up another half a metre it would have been a disaster; we would have lost the centre.”

Donations to the Ipswich Flood Appeal can be made at council’s Customer Service Centre at 143 Brisbane Street, Ipswich or any branch of the Bendigo Bank.

They can also be posted to Ipswich City Council, PO Box 191, Ipswich. Cheques should be made payable to the Ipswich Mayor’s Community Fund.

For electronic transfers, use the following account: Bendigo Bank, BSB 633-000, Account 128672318, Account name: Ipswich Mayors Community Fund.



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