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Ipswich flood recovery hubs helping people back on their feet

Two community recovery hubs are operating in Goodna and the Ipswich CBD to help flood-impacted residents get back on their feet in the wake of the recent flooding.

Local Disaster Management Group Chairperson Mayor Teresa Harding said support is continuing for those in the community who need face-to-face assistance and support.

“The RSL’s Frank McGreevy Function Centre on Brisbane Terrace at Goodna and the Ipswich Trades Hall in Bell street have transformed into community recovery hubs where residents can access flood-related assistance for housing, Centrelink and for both financial and emotional support,” Mayor Harding said.

“A lot of residents continue to experience issues with power and technology, so these places are set up so you can talk to someone who can assist you apply for a hardship grant or to you in finding temporary housing.

“We are working with partner agencies at the recovery hubs such as Community Recovery, Services Australia, Lifeline, Department of Housing, Salvation Army, Red Cross and insurers.

“There is also flood-specific information about safe clean-up, managing health concerns and how to cope with what has happened.”

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

Ipswich community recovery hub in Bell Street.

Local Resilience and Recovery Group Chairperson Councillor Kate Kunzelmann said the evacuation centre at the Ipswich Showgrounds will wind up in coming days.

“There are only a handful of flood-impacted residents now at the evacuation centre and as they are transitioned into alternative housing over coming days, the evacuation centre will cease to operate,” Cr Kunzelmann said.

“If you have been impacted by the flooding disaster, I encourage you to attend one of the community recovery hubs.”

The Goodna community recovery hub is at Frank McGreevy Function Centre is at 112 Brisbane Terrace, Goodna and the Ipswich community recovery hub is at the Ipswich Trades Hall at 4 Bell Street.

Both hubs will be open from 9am to 5pm seven days a week.

The Ipswich Flood Recovery webpage is at Ipswich.qld.gov.au/floodrecovery

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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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