04 March 2022
Flood recovery efforts in Ipswich have received a welcome boost with the Australian Defence Force putting boots on the ground to work alongside residents, volunteers and council crews.
Local Disaster Management Group Chair Mayor Teresa Harding said ADF personnel were out in force at Goodna on Thursday and Friday helping with the community recovery effort.
“The impact to properties and community infrastructure from this flood event is significant,” Mayor Harding said.
“Our recovery effort is in full swing and there is plenty of work to be done in flood-impacted communities throughout our city, from clearing debris to washing out flooded homes and businesses.
“We’re a proud Defence city and it means a lot to the people of Ipswich to have Australian Defence Force personnel on the ground working side-by-side with residents in our city’s time of need.
“Every little bit of help is significant and having ADF personnel bring their skills to recovery work will help ensure our city can return to normal as quickly as possible.”
Mayor Harding said Ipswich could be proud of the way it had responded to this week’s flood event.
“It has been a challenging week, but Ipswich’s strong community spirit continues to shine through,” Mayor Harding said.
“We have been overwhelmed with offers of support across the community and I am very proud of the way our city has pulled together to respond to this flood.
“I encourage our community to continue supporting one another in the days and weeks ahead.”
Anyone wanting to support people impacted by this flooding disaster should register with Volunteering Queensland EVCREW via register.emergencyvolunteering.com.au