The recovery for Ipswich’s flood-impacted flora, fauna and natural environment has been boosted by council funding support.
Environment and Sustainability Committee Chairperson Councillor Russell Milligan said council was leading a multi-agency Environment Recovery Taskforce to ensure coordination and communication across several sectors.
“One focus is supporting our wildlife carers with Flood Recovery funding of up to $1000 per application,” Councillor Milligan said.
“Wildlife carers play a crucial role in wildlife conservation, and the flood has displaced many native animals such as possums, wallabies, birds, reptiles and koalas.
“Increased call outs for these volunteer wildlife carers come with a financial impact such as fuel costs, and at the same time the severe weather has led to food shortages such as blossoms for flying foxes.
“We encourage wildlife carers to apply for Flood Recovery funding by 30 April 2022 at Ipswich.qld.gov.au/funding”
Environment and Sustainability Community Funding
Working towards protecting and maintaining the natural environment of Ipswich and continually improving liveability within the city through sustainable practices, council supports community initiatives through Environment and Sustainability Community Funding.
Groups and organisations are eligible to apply for grants up to $2000 per application and wildlife carers are eligible to apply for grants up to $1000 per application. For more information and to apply click here.
A Flood Recovery Bursary has also been funded through council’s Enviroplan initiative for Landholder Conservation Partnership Program members impacted by the flood.
“These properties with high environmental value can apply during April for support associated with debris removal, bank stabilisation, replanting creek banks with native plants and controlling emerging weeds,” Councillor Milligan said.
Another focus of the Taskforce has been closures and restrictions impacting numerous council conservation estates, reserves and parks as flood recovery efforts continue.
“The sheer damage caused by the flood water can be seen at places like Colleges Crossing, but there are lots of areas where dangers such as severe track damage and land slips are not visible from the road or main entry point,” Councillor Milligan said.
“Some of our most popular natural areas are among the worst-affected and it will take time before closures and restrictions can be lifted. Please, for everyone’s safety, do not enter areas that are closed or restricted.
“It is a constantly changing situation as parks, reserves and estates are gradually restored and reopened.
“Check Ipswich.qld.gov.au/parkssearch for information before you visit.”
Councillor Milligan said the severe weather and flood event this year had ongoing environmental impacts.
“Across the city, council crews have been taking action to save and monitor significant trees as many have suffered from floodwater scouring around the bases, such as large eucalypts at Colleges Crossing,” he said.
“Through the Taskforce, council is still assessing damage across the city, but so far we have seen a significant loss of vegetation and extensive damage to green projects such as bio-basins and bank stabilisations.
“Within a few days the floodwater caused environmental damage that may take months, or even years, to restore.
Personal Hardship Grants are available through the jointly funded Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements for eligible flood-affected residents in Ipswich.
- Emergency Hardship Assistance Grant
- Essential Services Hardship Assistance Grant
- Essential Household Contents Grant
- Structural Assistance Grant
- Essential Services Safety and Reconnection Grant
Australian Red Cross is providing financial assistance to people affected by the recent floods. A $500 relief grant is available if your primary place of residence was flood-affected, to help with basic needs such as food, clothing and personal items.Applications can be made online at www.redcross.org.au/grants or call 1800 RED CROSS (1800 733 276).
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
If you have been impacted by the flood or have been helping others and need emotional support, it can be accessed through Lifeline’s crisis support by calling 13 11 14.
The Ipswich Flood Recovery information webpage can be accessed at Ipswich.qld.gov.au/floodrecovery
A range of support and information is also available for Ipswich businesses impacted by recent rainfall and floods.
Visit Business Ipswich for information to help you get back on your feet.
Source: Ipswich First