Street Hearts help recovery
DON’T call them sweet hearts – these Redlands residents who have pledged to help out an Ipswich street recover from the recent floods have a better name.
Hailing from Milner Place, Thornlands, the residents have adopted flood-ravaged David Street in North Booval as a street they want to lend a hand to.
They have adopted the moniker “Street Hearts” and are keen to start helping their new friends in need as soon as they can.
Whatever their name, the help they plan on giving to the devastated street is sure to be well received by those doing it tough.
Maggie Baker said the idea came to the group after a street party they held in their Redland’s suburb, which is about an hour east of Ipswich. Everyone in their cul-de-sac wanted to help out a flood damaged street somewhere in the south-east corner of Queensland after they were lucky to avoid the floods themselves.
They didn’t know how to pick a street, but a quick call to 612 ABC Brisbane’s Madonna King program sorted that problem.
The group were put on to David Street and they met some residents of the street for the first time yesterday after a 612 ABC broadcast in Ipswich yesterday.
“We just want to help in out in any way they want us too – if they need meals, we can bring food. If they need help with jobs around the house, we can do what we can,” Mrs Baker said.
“It’s not about turning up unannounced looking to help. We want to respect their privacy and just do whatever jobs they want. “It’s not charity, it’s about lending a hand to someone who needs it.”
The “Street Hearts” were able to visit the home of David Street resident Lyn Jones after the radio broadcast.
With husband Barry, Mrs Jones had been living in a caravan in the backyard of her house for some time before recently moving back into their damaged home.
They were also dealt another blow post-floods after thieves took a treasured 250kg statue of a boy and girl from their front yard.
The couple had previously survived the 1974 floods – having moved into their home in 1966 – and said the help from the Redlands residents would be warmly received.
“I think it is a wonderful idea, there are so many beautiful people out there,” Mrs Jones said.
“Sometimes you get people coming in saying they can do this or that, but it’s not exactly what you need at that time.
“I think what they are doing is great.”
Street Heart Robyn Kennedy said one thing being organised for the street is a sausage sizzle with goods donated by Primo meats.
Margaret Watterson said the Street Hearts name came from a suggestion by Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale on the radio.
“We thought it was a great name,” she said.