‘Mud Army’ mobilises to clean up Ipswich

05 March 2022

Hundreds of generous volunteers have inundated flooded homes armed with cleaning supplies, brooms and shovels across Ipswich’s flood impacted suburbs.

Local Disaster Management Group Chair Mayor Teresa Harding welcomed the volunteers as clean-up efforts ramp up today, now that it is safe to do so.

“It is important volunteers keep safe during the recovery clean-up,” Mayor Harding said.

“It’s great to see spontaneous volunteering and community helping community wherever needed.

“I want to thank everyone who came together today to help us get the city back up on its feet.

“Ipswich people rally around each other and I am seeing it everywhere I go - the grit and resilience of the Ipswich community.

“My fellow Councillors and I am touched by the selflessness of our volunteers and responders on the ground, and the comfort they are spreading to those going through a truly traumatic experience.”

Local Resilience and Recovery Group Chair Councillor Kate Kunzelmann said volunteers gave the flood-impacted residents more than just clean floors.

“Our community wants to help, and when the volunteers entered homes today, they also gave people some hope and let them know they are not alone,” Cr Kunzelmann said.

“We ask anyone who wants to volunteer to take their own protective clothing and supplies and don’t park in front of rubbish piles, as our kerbside collection trucks continue picking up flood waste.”

Council is working with Volunteering Queensland in coordinating assistance for residents and businesses who have registered their need for help with council.

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