Flood victims face a bleak winter
THE already devastated residents of Goodna's Brisbane Terrace are now facing their bleakest winter, as their street is unfortunately one of the coldest in Ipswich.
People are still living in tents in Goodna's riverside streets, with most homes requiring major structural work as hundreds of people continue to rebuild after January's destructive flood.
But the hardship is set to worsen with temperatures near the Brisbane River in Goodna four degrees cooler than the rest of Ipswich during winter.
Temperatures drop as low as minus five in the suburb.
Ipswich City Councillor Paul Tully has called for people to donate blankets, beds and any other winter gear to help flood affected residents in the region.
“This will be a bleak winter for residents in the lower parts of Goodna,” Cr Tully said.
“People are living in partially built homes and they will be freezing.
“There is frost on Brisbane Terrace most mornings in winter.”
The lower side of Goodna records similar weather to that of Amberley, the city's official weather station that has been criticised for being located in an area that experiences temperatures vastly different to the rest of Ipswich.
“Its like a valley on that lower side of Goodna and the cool air runs through it,” Cr Tully said.
“My own temperature gauge has dropped to minus five at times.”
One resident still living in a tent on Brisbane Terrace, which runs parallel to the Brisbane River, is Cuong “Chin” Tran.
Mr Tran, his wife and daughter sleep in a three-person tent on the second story of their flood-ruined home.
Mr Tran said he was already freezing at night.
“Last night was very cold,” Mr Tran said.
“We have nowhere else to go but here so what can you do. We have to stay in our tent.
“People have been great to us but our home is still ruined and we don't have a bed.”
Those who wish to donate should contact Connected, a volunteer group that runs a large warehouse in Brisbane that stores donated flood relief items.
Head to www.connected.org.au for more information.