Council begins flood fightback

IPSWICH City Council has decided it will take full responsibility for coordinating the flood fightback with a five-pronged approach.

Mayor Paul Pisasale said that given the size of the flood, an executive group had to be established to co-ordinate the work of the council in partnership with the State and Federal governments and community service organisations.

“This council has to respond, but when people hear me talking about the council they think I’m talking about me. I don’t work for the council. I work for the people,” Cr Pisasale said.

“This is about the CEO of the council taking control of everything and the advice will come through the community.”

He said the Ipswich Flood Recovery Plan would focus on five key areas:

Residents

Economic and business

Infrastructure

Environment

Forward planning

“We’ll have council officers responsible for each of those areas,” Cr Pisasale said.

He said the first step was to find out the personal situation in every affected house. The next step was to co-ordinate the donations and relief organisations such as the Salvation Army.

“The councillors will be involved out in the community to find out their residents’ state of mind and state of home,” he said.

“We are going to accept, and I am going to accept, full responsibility for co-ordinating our approach to looking after this city.

“I’ll do that in partnership with every person in the city. It is vital that we have a co-ordinated plan for the recovery effort. All branches of council will provide frequent updates to the group on the progress being made. The flood recovery group will remain active for as long as it is needed.”



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