Helen Sammut outside her Parker Street, Goodna home which was flooded.
Helen Sammut outside her Parker Street, Goodna home which was flooded. Rob Williams

Residents in for the long haul

RESIDENTS in the hard-hit suburb of Goodna are facing a long 12 months of hard work before their flood-stricken suburb is back to its normal state.

Member for Bundamba Jo-Ann Miller, who is working from a marquee opposite her flood-damaged office, said it would take about six months to a year for most homes to be rebuilt.

She said it could take longer for those who are not insured.

“I think people are still traumatised. They're keeping busy working on their houses, but the reality is still sinking in,” Mrs Miller said.

“Right now they need to know whether the insurance companies are going to help them out and where they are going to live in the short term.”

Parker Street resident Helen Sammut said the strong community spirit had made the clean-up easier.

Water inundated her house but she has no plans of leaving the home she has lived in since 1965.

“The help from volunteers has made a big difference,” she said.

Ipswich City Councillor Paul Tully, whose Goodna home went under the floodwaters, said he expected damaged businesses will stick by the area and reopen their stores at a later date.

He said while the reality of how hard the rebuilding phase will be has hit most residents, they are keen to solider on.

“People are moving on; it's a positive mood, but not a happy one,” he said.

Yesterday a key community facility, the Goodna Rugby League Club on Brisbane Terrace, received a boost with news the State Government and Channel 7's Sunrise program would start a massive rebuilding of the club early next month.

To donate to the Ipswich Flood Appeal, visit council's Customer Service Centre, donate at any Bendigo Bank branch or send a cheque made out to the Mayor's Community Fund to Ipswich City Council, PO Box 191 Ipswich.

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