Druce Davey and Charlotte Rashleigh from Jamie Oliver’s Ministry of Food prepare a free Australia Day barbecue for Ipswich residents in d’Arcy Doyle Place.
Druce Davey and Charlotte Rashleigh from Jamie Oliver’s Ministry of Food prepare a free Australia Day barbecue for Ipswich residents in d’Arcy Doyle Place. Rob Williams

Pom fires up barbie for Aussies

IT MIGHT seem strange – a Pom bloke putting on a barbecue for Aussies on Australia Day – but Ipswich residents at d’Arcy Doyle Place didn’t seem too fazed yesterday.

Jamie Oliver’s Ministry of Food centre in Ipswich yesterday put on a free Great Australian BB for Ipswich residents.

Cooking up some Oliver recipe burgers along with traditional snags, Ministry of Food volunteers fed appreciative residents who came by the CBD site.

Ministry of Food program manager Alicia Peardon said it was an opportunity for Ipswich residents to celebrate Australia Day with the rest of the country while they rebuilt their homes and community.

“Given the situation that many locals are experiencing, we felt that it was most important for everyone to band together on Australia Day to remember the positives about Australian life and what better way to do this than to share in an Aussie barbecue,” she said.

Goodna resident Shane Kaipo, 37, said he enjoyed the free feed after working hard in the flood clean-up efforts in his suburb.

“For all the people who have been working and volunteering, things like this have been great,” Mr Kaipo said.

“I think everyone appreciates it on a day like Australia Day.”

The Ministry of Food centre has been feeding the people of Ipswich since last Wednesday as part of their Flood Relief Program funded by The Good Guys.

They have provided a drop-in centre for the Ipswich Community, giving away 250 free meals per day from the centre located at d’Arcy Doyle Place in Ipswich from 6pm to 7.30pm. The flood relief program will finish this Friday.



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