Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale consoles Ian Surawski at his wrecked home in Brisbane Terrace, Goodna, following last week’s devastating floods.
Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale consoles Ian Surawski at his wrecked home in Brisbane Terrace, Goodna, following last week’s devastating floods. Rob Williams

Mayor's campaign for city victims

IPSWICH Mayor Paul Pisasale is calling on community members to back their mates in need by donating to the Ipswich Flood Appeal.

Cr Pisasale said the appeal would give people the chance to donate money to Ipswich residents who have lost their homes or businesses in the floods.

About 750 homes were completely inundated by floodwaters in the disaster with another 1000 suffering internal water damage.

ONE thousand businesses were also affected.

Surveying the damage to Goodna first-hand yesterday, Cr Pisasale urged people to dig deep into pockets and support The Queensland Times-backed appeal.

“I know there will be people who fall through the cracks who have lost more than their fair share,” he said.

“The Ipswich appeal is about that extra support for Ipswich people.

“This is part of the rebuilding of lives. I want to make sure each pothole, each home, each life is going to be rebuilt.”

Cr Pisasale lauded the hard work and generosity already shown by Ipswich residents and called for it to continue.

“There are a lot of people there who have said to me I have $500, $1000, but I really want it to go to people who supported my business,” he said.

“The people of Ipswich have done extraordinary things; they've shown extraordinary strength. The key for us is we're not alone.”

Last night Energex said there were 7565 houses and businesses in Ipswich still without power.

A spokesperson said the bulk of those houses could not have the power turned back on yet due to flood-related damage.

More than 500 volunteers signed up yesterday to help the Ipswich clean-up, with the badly-hit areas like Goodna and North Booval hot spots for the helpers.

Goodna resident Ian Surawski, whose Brisbane Terrace home was inundated with floodwater, said funds raised by the Ipswich Flood Appeal would help many in the community.

“Some people have lost everything, so any money raised for them would go a long way,” Mr Surawski said.

About 120 Ipswich residents are still staying at evacuation centres.

Cr Pisasale said the existing Queensland Premier's flood appeal had done a great job and the Ipswich appeal had been set up to complement it.

To donate to the fund by electronic funds transfer, the details are as follows:

  • BSB 633-000, Account 128672318, Account name: Ipswich Mayors Community Fund.

How to donate

At council’s Customer Service Centre at 143 Brisbane Street.

At any Bendigo Bank branch

By post to Ipswich City Council, PO Box 191 Ipswich. Cheques should be made out to the Mayor’s Community Fund.

Electronic funds transfer (see details in story)



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