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 Chairperson Mayor Teresa Harding joined Major General Ellwood speaking with residents to get an update on recovery progress directly, and listened 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.”

For information on Personal Hardship Assistance and Essential Services Hardship Assistance, contact the Community Recovery Hotline 1800 173 349 or visit www.qld.gov.au/community/disasters-emergencies

Other grants such the Essential Household Contents Grant, Structural Assistance Grant and Essential Services Safety and Reconnection Grant, which are income tested, are also available to eligible residents who are uninsured and have experienced certain loss or damage following this disaster.

Community Recovery online portal at www.communityrecovery.qld.gov.au

Part of a sports club or organisation? The Sport and Recreation Disaster Recovery Program supports not-for-profit sport and recreation organisations with funding to re-establish facilities and activities after extreme natural events.

Funding of up to $20,000 may be available for eligible sport and active recreation organisations located in areas declared under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA).

For more information, visit www.qld.gov.au/recreation/sports/funding/disaster-recovery

“It is important to get on the ground and listen to flooded residents directly to understand what is 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 have 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 am 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.”

Source: Ipswich First


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