Amazing effort: Businesses, large and small, have offered help, expertise and support in the wake of the disastrous floods.
Amazing effort: Businesses, large and small, have offered help, expertise and support in the wake of the disastrous floods.

Let's remember what went right

IPSWICH business is well on the way to recovery following the recent disastrous flooding.

YOUR Chamber of Commerce has been at the forefront of support initiatives, including free Business Recovery Workshops, the establishment of a one-stop shop to centralise information, a comprehensive media campaign and the continual updating of information on our website.

Last week we launched phase two of our strategy with the Shop Ipswich campaign, the biggest buy-local initiative Ipswich has seen.

None of this is possible without partnerships; links with like-minded and proactive organisations and people interested in pitching in and getting the job done.

The Business Enterprise Centre Ipswich Region, Ipswich City Council's Office of Economic Development, the local staff of the Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation, The Queensland Times and River 949 have all joined with the chamber to ensure great recovery outcomes for Ipswich business.

Following on from our initial response, a partnership with training company Hudson Gates and their major software partner Saba Software has ensured information from the highly successful Business Recovery Workshops is now available online through the chamber's website in a high-quality format.

Local business people can easily access the information and benefit from the expertise pulled together during the height of the flood crisis.

The chamber is grateful for the prompt and professional support provided by Hudson Gates. I would like to take this opportunity to thank and commend all those businesses who have contributed in some way, both during the crisis and beyond, to others in need.

While it is clear there remains much to be done and lessons must be learnt from the crisis, there are also some truly positive elements that have amazed even a long-term Ipswichian like me – the way the business community pulled together, immediately offering their help, expertise and support; the ongoing and sustained enthusiasm and goodwill; the willingness to put others' needs first, to give time and effort when needed.

So while it is easy to wonder what went wrong, let's not lose sight of what went right, how we excelled and how we demonstrated the true spirit of community at a time when it was needed most.

We can all be proud of Ipswich and her people, so let's make sure we continue to support this remarkable community and celebrate what makes it such a great place.



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