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01 August 2011

Goodna Flood - 6 months on: Many residents still on struggle street

       
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WASH OUT: Ipswich councillor Paul Tully( light blue shirt) says Goodna residents need more help to recover from the January flood.

 

RESIDENTS of Goodna, still struggling to find their feet more than six months after the January floods, want some practical solutions for dealing with the next deluge.

As the flood inquiry today hands down its interim report designed to help deal with the next wet season, Ipswich councillor Paul Tully said Goodna was still struggling to recover from the last one.

Improved flood warning systems, a dedicated police flood squad complete with jet skis, and practical steps to update Wivenhoe Dam flood releases were just some examples of a new approach that would better protect the vulnerable suburb.

"I really believe we also need the army back in Goodna to help in the reconstruction, otherwise it will be two years before we're back on track," Cr Tully said.

Resident Francisco Klobucar, who still lives in a 7m x 4m shed behind his ruined home, said the suburb faced enormous challenges. He said a handful of unscrupulous tradesmen were exploiting vulnerable residents while some absentee landlords were refusing to fix homes.

Struggling homeowners paying rent for temporary accommodation were also facing water and sewerage bills on homes they can't live in.

About 500 houses remain uninhabitable in the riverside suburb while interstate absentee landlords seem reluctant to fix rental properties.

Mr Klobucar is a gas fitter with skills he could use to help renovate his gutted home but, he said, "what about those who don't have those skills and the elderly who are left living in caravans? There are so many people in difficult situations. People not affected really don't know what's happening."

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