Lifeline stretched by flood crisis

LIFELINE Ipswich and West Moreton will send 33 counsellors to Ipswich today to offer emotional support in a combined operation with a women's health group and St Vincent de Paul.

Community recovery co-ordinator Alison Maynard said Lifeline had been “stretched” during the floods crisis.

“I have finally got all my teams back from Emerald, Condamine, Chinchilla and Dalby,” Ms Maynard said.

“They're deployed in Laidley, Coominya, Wivenhoe Pocket and Karalee.

“The operation is winding up; the pace and the demand are increasing.

“The more the recovery process happens, the greater the demand is. Counsellors are working remarkably hard and we're rotating them.

“We have been in the field providing initial support along with Red Cross, Ipswich City Council, the Department of Communities, Centrelink and Salvation Army since last Tuesday.”

Lifeline business operations at three locations – Jacaranda Street, Goodna and Briggs Road – were flood-affected. These centres provide affordable second-hand goods, like furniture, to families.

“They're being cleaned out and made operational, and re-stocked,” Ms Maynard said.

If you or someone you know is experiencing an emotional crisis, call Lifeline on 13 11 14.



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