11 March 2022
All attendees of the Ipswich Evacuation Centre have been able to return home or been offered temporary accommodation as council moves from disaster response to the next phase of Ipswich’s flood recovery.
More than 400 people had attended the Ipswich Evacuation Centre since it opened on Friday 25 February, providing shelter to residents from Ipswich, Somerset, Lockyer Valley and Brisbane.
Local Disaster Management Group Chair Mayor Teresa Harding said council and local community services had done an amazing job working together to ensure no one was left without a safe place to go.
“I am extremely proud that we have kept our community safe throughout this significant flood event, with no significant injuries or fatalities reported in Ipswich,” Mayor Harding said.
“As the disaster was unfolding, the Evacuation Centre played a critical role in providing a safe, secure and comfortable place for residents to take shelter until the waters had receded.
“As we transition from disaster response into the next phase of our recovery, it’s fantastic to see many families able to return to home, and where that was not possible, all remaining attendees offered local accommodation.”
The Ipswich Evacuation Centre brought social service providers, such as The Salvation Army, Red Cross, Lifeline, Department of Housing, West Moreton Health, Orange Sky and Save the Children, under the one roof to provide access to critical support services.
“Council, relevant State departments and our local service providers have worked around the clock for the past 13 days to offer an exceptional standard of care,” Mayor Harding said.
“Our local Salvation Army officers provided around 3,000 meals, Orange Sky offered onsite laundry facilities, and representatives from Lifeline and Red Cross offered both practical and emotional support.
“Council worked tirelessly alongside the Department of Housing to find temporary accommodation for those in need, and will continue to assist these residents in securing permanent housing.
“It has been a massive collaborative effort, and I offer a huge thank you to the officers, volunteers and service providers who supported our hardest hit residents at the Ipswich Evacuation Centre.”
Moving forward, two local Community Recovery hubs will offer impacted residents face-to-face assistance and ongoing support. These are located at:
Community Recovery hubs are open from 9am to 5pm seven days a week, and will remain open for as long as required.
Further details can also be found on the Ipswich Flood Recovery information webpage at Ipswich.qld.gov.au/floodrecovery