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Community recovery and support continues after Ipswich flood

Disaster response and recovery support for the Ipswich community continues as we enter our fourth week since the flood.

Ipswich Mayor Teresa Harding said that since the warnings for major flooding was sent out just over three weeks ago, Ipswich City Council’s Local Disaster Management Group swung into action followed by the Local Recovery and Resilience Group.

“Council has joined with many other agencies from all levels of government and the non-government sector to lead a coordinated and effective response,” Mayor Harding said.

“Our councillors have been out with their communities relaying information to and from residents on what is happening each day and recovery support available.

“There have been many community-led approaches along with support from volunteers coming together and that meant we have been able to make collaborative decisions on recovery activities and resource allocation.”

Council has assisted the community remove almost 10,000 tonnes of waste with 4,200 tonnes of that being flood waste material, from the city.

The Riverview and Rosewood Recycling and Refuse Centres have returned to regular hours and pricing from this week and will also resume the scheduled free large item kerbside collection service from 28 March in Dinmore, Riverview and Swanbank.

Personal Hardship Grants are available until 26 March through the jointly funded Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements for eligible flood-affected residents in Ipswich.

Australian Red Cross is providing financial assistance to people affected by the recent floods. A $500 relief grant is available if your primary place of residence was flood-affected, to help with basic needs such as food, clothing and personal items.
 
Applications can be made online at www.redcross.org.au/grants or call 1800 RED CROSS (1800 733 276).
 

Part of a sports club or organisation? The Sport and Recreation Disaster Recovery Program supports not-for-profit sport and recreation organisations with funding to re-establish facilities and activities after extreme natural events.

Funding of up to $20,000 may be available for eligible sport and active recreation organisations located in areas declared under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA).

For more information, visit www.qld.gov.au/recreation/sports/funding/disaster-recovery

“Residents from Springfield to Rosewood are still rebuilding after the 2020 Halloween hailstorm, the community as a whole continues to be impacted by the global pandemic and this flood is yet another challenge nature has thrown our way,” Mayor Harding said.

“Council will continue to identify recovery priorities through community consultation and guide decisions about resource allocation and management of projects with a medium to long-term view on recovery.”

If you are flood-impacted and require assistance, visit one of the Community Recovery hubs at:

  • Frank McGreevy Function Centre, 112 Brisbane Terrace, Goodna open from 9am to 5pm.
  • Ipswich Trades Hall, 4 Bell Street, Ipswich open from 9am to 5pm.
  • Rosewood Community Centre the Community Recovery team visiting on various days which will be advised on their Facebook page.

If you have been impacted by the flood or have been helping others and need emotional support, it can be accessed through Lifeline’s crisis support by calling 13 11 14.

The Ipswich Flood Recovery information webpage can be accessed at Ipswich.qld.gov.au/floodrecovery

A range of support and information is also available for Ipswich businesses impacted by recent rainfall and floods.

Visit Business Ipswich for information to help you get back on your feet.

Read also:

>>> Colleges Crossing Recreation Reserve temporarily closed due to flood damage

Council has partnered with GIVIT to manage all offers of donated goods and services, including corporate offers of assistance, after disasters. To see what is needed or to donate, please visit GIVIT.org.au and look for the Storms and Flooding Appeal.

Members of the public can donate through www.givit.org.au/storms-and-flooding with 100 per cent of donated funds received by GIVIT going to affected communities.

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