Ipswich mayor Paul Pisasale consoles Ian Surawski at his Brisbane Terrace home after the flood.THE Ipswich Flood Appeal continues to rebuild homes and restore confidence but there is a long road to travel to reach recovery.
Ipswich mayor Paul Pisasale said yesterday that to date the Ipswich Flood Appeal had banked $1,232,353.
He said 1103 flood-affected families had so far registered with the council through the Help Us Help You forms.
“Council continues to co-ordinate additional help for flood victims like provision of and erection of wall sheeting, donated labour and other goods and services from a range of support organisations working in partnership with the appeal,” Cr Pisasale said.
“Four hundred and eighty-one vouchers funded from the flood appeal have been issued to Ipswich residents so far.”
He said the vouchers were redeemable for household items including new fridges, new furniture, or cash vouchers to spend at Ipswich stores.
The distribution centre in the old Coles store was also helping families with second-hand items donated from all over Australia.”
“Our appeal is a local appeal and it’s not based on assets; it’s about helping everyone, Cr Pisasale said.
“The key issue is getting people back in their homes.
“There’s a company going to Karalee tomorrow to donate enough building products to rebuild 400 houses.
“If anyone out there has a trade and they want to help someone, get in contact with us.
“My personal commitment is to get every resident back in their home. I’m going to keep going, no matter how long it takes. I know what people are going through; I’ve felt the depression as well.”
This week, the Muslim Charitable Foundation (MCF) donated several pallets of gyprock to help the building recovery effort across Ipswich.
Cr Pisasale said enough gyprock to repair 50-60 flood damaged homes would soon make its way to property owners considered the most in need.
“Flood-affected owners who registered with council through the Help Us Help You form are being assessed,” he said.