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Free Kerbside Collection begins in flooded Ipswich suburbs

A free kerbside collection service targeting Ipswich’s most flood impacted streets and suburbs began this morning.

Local Disaster Management Group Chairperson Mayor Teresa Harding said council is focusing on providing waste services in flooded areas.

“Over the coming weeks large item collection will be provided to residents who need to dispose of flood impacted household items at no cost to residents,” Mayor Harding said.

“This collection service is specifically for flood damaged items and not part of council’s routine kerbside program, which will recommence once it is safe to do so.

“Council will be providing skip bins free of charge to businesses and community organisations who have been flood affected. To register for this service call (07) 3810 6666 and ask for a flood affected service and we will aim to have them delivered within 24 to 48 hours.

“Council understands that many local homes have been without power as a result of the flood event and will need to dispose of food waste.

“Industrial bins will be provided at dedicated drop-off points for putrescible (food) waste collection, and where essential, additional collection services of red top bins in suburbs that have experienced power outages.”

Where possible, please dump putrescible (food) waste in closed red top domestic or industrial bins, or at a dedicated drop-off points:

  • Bremer Waters, 102A Moores Pocket Road, Tivoli
  • North Ipswich Sports Fields, The Terrace, North Ipswich
  • Exercise Park near Ludwig Lane – Corner Junction Road and Arthur Summerville Road, Karalee
  • Lobley Park – Warwick Road, Churchill
  • Plus points in East Ipswich, Bundamba, Leichhardt and One Mile.

Additional drop-off points will be identified over the coming days.

Council encourages businesses not to dump waste on the kerb or footpath, but to order a skip bin before dumping items.

Riverview and Rosewood Recycling and Refuse Centres are open and operating with free entry until Sunday, 6 March.

Council is seeing private residents and businesses loading large vehicles (greater than 10 tonne GVM) with flood waste materials from streets and attempting to drop this at council’s Recycling and Refuse Centres, unfortunately these facilities are not designed to cater for these types of vehicles safely.

Council has arranged for access to any vehicle greater than 10 tonne GVM to can go directly to Swanbank Landfill (Swanbank Rd, Swanbank) and TiTree landfill (Champions Way, Willowbank).

Customers are requested to provide any and all information requested by the personnel on site and follow all directions.

Before you start cleaning up, call your insurer, take lots of photos and video of the damage and make a list of your items.

Riverview and Rosewood Recycling and Refuse Centres are open and operating with free entry until 6 March.

Mayor Harding said she hoped these additional services would help the community while they focus on the task of recovery.

“Council will continue to work with the community and identify where additional services may be of benefit,” Mayor Harding said.

“It’s also not the first time our community has faced this kind of ordeal, and over the last few days, what I have witnessed from our community banding together has been nothing short of inspiring.”

Further details of these services will be provided as they become available.

Please contact council on council@ipswich.qld.gov.au or 3810 6666 for any queries.

For information on Personal Hardship Assistance and Essential Services Hardship Assistance, contact the Community Recovery Hotline 1800 173 349 or visit www.qld.gov.au/community/disasters-emergencies

Other grants such the Essential Household Contents Grant, Structural Assistance Grant and Essential Services Safety and Reconnection Grant, which are income tested, are also available to eligible residents who are uninsured and have experienced certain loss or damage following this disaster.

Community Recovery online portal at www.communityrecovery.qld.gov.au

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

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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