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10 January 2012

Goodna marks flood disasters from 1890 to 2011

 
 Joy Rissman, Division 2 Councillor Paul Tully and Barry Rissman look at photos of the past two major floods, in 1974 and 2011.
 
 
 
IT'S a monument that will, quite literally, mark some of the worst disasters in Goodna's history.
 
Coinciding with the anniversary of last January's flood, Queensland's tallest flood marker will be unveiled at Goodna today (January 11).
 
The 10-metre high flood marker depicts all the major floods at Goodna since 1893, and pays tribute to the local community, emergency services workers and volunteers.
 
Ipswich councillor Paul Tully, himself a victim of January's flood, said the marker would be an important historical and art installation.
 
"It will serve as a way in which we can recall the effect of the flood and how the community has come together in a time of need,"Cr Tully said.
 
The marker will be broken into different coloured sections representing each major flood and will be lit up at night.
 
It will be erected in Alf Harris Park, just off the main Goodna roundabout, and will also include paths and landscaping.
 
The flood waters at Goodna peaked at 16.4 metres above sea level on January 12.
 
A special commemoration event will be held on January 11 - from 10am to 11am - when the flood marker is unveiled.
 
Cr Tully said the event would be an opportunity for the community to come together, support one another and remember the events of a year ago.
 
"The Goodna community has endured so much, particularly during the last year of rebuilding," Cr Tully said.
 
"And as we approach the first anniversary, the marker serves as a timely reminder of this event."
 
The unveiling is just one of a number of events planned for the January 11 anniversary.
 
Mayor Paul Pisasale said Ipswich City Council would host an Ipswich Flood Commemoration Event from 5.30pm to 6.30pm at River Heart Parklands on Roseberry Pde, Woodend.
 

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