Ipswich donates $20,000 to victims

IPSWICH Mayor Paul Pisasale has challenged other mayors to follow his lead and kick in money for flood-afflicted Queenslanders.

Cr Pisasale yesterday announced the outpouring of public support for the thousands of people who had suffered property loss in flooded areas has been boosted by a donation of $20,000 from Ipswich City Council.

He said the city had already supported relief efforts by sending SES volunteers and equipment to Chinchilla and Condamine.

“Many Queenslanders need our help. This is when we see the community's compassion for those who are doing it real tough shine though and we are ready to offer more assistance if requested,” Cr Pisasale said.

“All councillors had no hesitation in supporting this donation from the city.

“The flooding is some of the worst in history. The nightly TV news, radio and newspaper reports are a constant reminder of how devastating this flood event is. It has been estimated 200,000 people are directly affected.

“I am also encouraging all mayors of council areas, which have not been flooded, to make a donation to Premier Anna Bligh's Flood Relief Appeal.

“At this stage the most urgent need is cash, not goods.”

He also thanked Amberley defence force personnel working around the clock to get food and medical supplies to those cities and towns cut-off by floodwaters.

Donations to the Premier's appeal yesterday passed $14 million.

To donate go to www.qld.gov.au/ floods. Donations can also be made at the Commonwealth Bank, NAB, Westpac, ANZ, BOQ, Suncorp, St George Bank or BankSA, or at Coles supermarkets.

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