Floods bring out best in business
DESPITE the challenges here and around the globe, there are some clear and shiny glimmers of good economic news emerging, not the least being Ipswich’s business community, which has been busily putting lives and livings back together.
According to a recent article (QT 1/2), of the 205 businesses directly affected by the flood, 124 or 60% are back trading.
This is a great result in such a short period of time.
Then there are the amazing efforts by individuals and groups to help flood victims.
For example, Janette Adams of Precious Packages organised a mammoth raffle raising more than $1790 for the Ipswich Flood Appeal.
She was so overwhelmed by business generosity, two major prize categories were created with many smaller prize draws added.
Leanne Vincent and Gilbert Burgh of the SWICH Contemporary Art Space rallied local artists and filled their gallery with donated art work.
The resulting auction was attended by more than 70 people and raised in excess of $5500.
Riverlink and Ipswich City Square both held special fun days as a way of taking families’ minds off the floods.
The mall came alive with rides, an animal farm, sausage sizzle, snow cones, a DJ, prizes for dance competitions and much more.
Riverlink welcomed the Wiggles for a wildly popular concert in the food court.
Children and parents rocked Riverlink and their gold coin donations contributed more than $5800 to the Ipswich Flood Appeal.
But wait ... there’s more.
The Metro Hotel Ipswich International is hosting a Gala Cocktail event on March 16, with all proceeds also going to the Ipswich Flood Appeal.
These are just a few of the thoughtful initiatives put together by our community, with the result that Ipswich Flood Appeal is now embracing $1 million; an achievement of which everyone can be proud.
But the rebuilding goes on and we must remember the 40% of flood-affected businesses yet to recover.
So on behalf of the chamber, I urge everyone to Shop Ipswich and support our local businesses prosper. By supporting our local businesses in this way, our good news can continue.
Chamber Breakfast – Thursday, March 31, 6.45am for 7.15am. Guest speaker Phillip Di Bella sponsored by The Bremer Institute of TAFE.
Chamber Networking After 5 – Tuesday, April 5, 5pm to 6.30pm hosted by The Queensland Times.
Chamber Lunch – Friday, May 27, noon at The Ipswich Club hosted by Suncorp.