Getting on with flood fight-back
THE end is nowhere in sight but Ipswich and its boundless band of supporters are doing their best to recover from the floods.
Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale said he was overwhelmed by the offers of help and how far people were prepared to travel to lend a hand.
“This help has been from across the country, including sporting clubs from Sydney and the Gold Coast,” Cr Pisasale said.
NRL players from Parramatta, Penrith, Gold Coast, Broncos, Bulldogs and the Wests Tigers helped early in the week and the AFL's new team the Gold Coast Suns arrived Thursday.
“On Tuesday we had 100 people from Maroochydore Surf Life Saving Club and a group of 40 organised by Ray White Real Estate at Robina offering their time and skills to help out clearing up the streets of North Booval,” Cr Pisasale said.
Civic Solutions had volunteers handing out cleaning products around North Booval and on Thursday afternoon people from the Berean Bible Church handed out cleaning products and baskets of baked goods.
Also on Thursday, developer Peter Devine took a group of 70 people into East Ipswich to help residents in Tarcoola, Blackwood, Nathan and Farr streets.
Cr Pisasale said anyone needing help should contact the Ipswich City Council Call Centre on 38106666.
The mayor told the Queensland Times he had mapped out the next 12 months and it was going to be a year of rebuilding.
“The next two to three weeks is total clean-up mode and then there will be the rebuilding process that has already started,” he said.
Donation to the Ipswich Flood Appeal can be made through any Bendigo Bank branch, at the Ipswich Customer Call Centre or through internet banking. To direct debit: BSB 633-000; account 128672318; account name: Ipswich Mayors Community Fund.