Recovery chief visits impacted Ipswich residents

14 March 2022

The recently-appointed State Recovery Coordinator Major General Jake Ellwood, has spent time listening to Ipswich residents, taking a tour of flood-affected streets in Goodna and North Booval.

Local Disaster Management Group Chair Mayor Teresa Harding, joined Major General Ellwood, speaking with residents to get an update on recovery progress directly and listening to their concerns and the issues they are facing.

“Major General Ellwood and I visited residents in Enid and Mill Streets in Goodna, and David and Helen Streets in North Booval, where we spoke to a number of residents about what’s working, what’s not, and where they need a hand,” Mayor Harding said.

“Many residents have been hard at work for two weeks now, and they have told us there are still a few issues with getting power reconnected, issues with insurance claims, and with accessing grants and some support services.

“It’s important to get on the ground and listen to flooded residents directly to understand what needed to be done, and I want to thank Major General Ellwood for taking the time to go to flooded houses, speak to residents directly, and to understand first hand how the recovery operation is unfolding.

“I’ve been humbled by the resilient spirit and the way our community has pulled together to help out in our time of need.

“But there is much to do, and I’m thankful for the residents who let us into their homes, shared their stories of survival, and told us candidly what was needed to help.

“I thank Major General Ellwood for spending time with residents – I know the families we spoke to appreciated being able to speak to the recovery chief in person, and outline the challenges they are facing.”