Flood-hit businesses welcome timely aid
IPSWICH businesses hit hard by the January floods have received a helping hand from Ipswich City Council.
Mayor Paul Pisasale gave 24 flood-effected businesses vouchers to the value of $2000 each to help get their businesses back on track.
He handed over the vouchers at a ceremony in his office this week.
Vouchers were paid entirely from public and corporate donations to the Mayor's Flood Appeal managed by the Ipswich Mayor's Community Fund.
Among the recipients were Ipswich Automatic Transmission Repairs owners Martin and Jennifer Sangster.
Their Brisbane Rd business went under this year and in 2011.
This year it took the business two weeks to reopen, but much of their effort focused on getting the business working again rather than cleaning up.
Mr Sangster said the voucher would be used to buy products to clean up what the water left.
He thanked Cr Pisasale for not forgetting about their plight.
"Both my wife and I walked away from there feeling really good. We've got a mayor that cares. We are very thankful," he said.
Cr Pisasale said getting businesses back on their feet helped the community as a whole.
"That's what we do.
"As soon as the floods hit last year we had a lot of people going around helping them," Cr Pisasale said.
"We asked them what they need to help their business, so we give them vouchers for whatever they think they will need to get the business back and help them.
"This city has a great respect for businesses."