‘Mud Army’ Mobilised

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

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Ipswich City Council’s Local Disaster Management Group chair, Mayor Teresa Harding, welcomed the volunteers as clean-up efforts ramped up once it was safe to do so.

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

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

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

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

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Flood recovery efforts in Goodna received a welcome boost with the Australian Defence Force putting boots on the ground to work alongside residents, volunteers and council crews.

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“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,” Mayor harding said.

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“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.”

Council’s Local Resilience and Recovery Group chair Cr Kate Kunzelmann said volunteers gave the flood-impacted residents more than just clean floors. Urban Utilities also came to the party, providing relief for customers across Southeast Queensland impacted by the floods.

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The utility has offered a rebate on water bills for flood affected customers as well as additional financial relief options to support those who may need it during this natural disaster.

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Urban Utilities CEO Louise Dudley said the relief measures would help support recovery and clean-up efforts across the region.

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

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If suffering some level of psychological distress from the floods, Lifeline has reassured the community that is quite normal.

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Phone Lifeline to speak to a crisis supporter on 13 11 14, txt 0477 131 114, or chat to Lifeline online at lifeline.org.au (all services are 24 hours/seven days per week).

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