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Ipswich council spends $4.25m on flood recovery, fills almost 3000 potholes

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Ipswich City Council has already spent more than $4.25 million on flood recovery efforts to-date and filled close to 3,000 potholes, but lack of supplies means the work is slow going.

About 100 sporting and recreational facilities were affected by the initial flood in February.

Three months on, the council has reopened all but eight with the remaining facilities sitting in the hardest hit areas of Ipswich.

“After the 2011 floods, many of these sporting clubs where back on their fields within weeks. However, the strain of the COVID 19 pandemic is making it harder than ever to secure the assessors, trades and supplies needed to make these urgent repairs,” Mayor Teresa Harding says.

“While I know that council isn’t alone in this, it’s being felt right across south-east Queensland, this brings little relief for these sporting clubs that have been unable to return to their fields and clubhouses since the floods first hit.

“Council has actively assisted clubs through temporary relocation to alternative locations where needed and restoring field condition so activity can commence as soon as practical.

“Assessors are expected to be on the ground this week and council’s aim is to restore power and repair these facilities as soon as possible. However, we know the road to recovery may take some time in the current conditions.”

Work has restarted at Colleges Crossing and Riverheart Parklands after previous repairs were washed away in May’s flooding. Colleges Crossing is expected to be partially reopened within the next six to twelve months, while clean-up crews will return to Riverheart Parklands next week

Councillor Andrew Fechner says one of the challenges facing the council is securing qualified professionals in a highly competitive market.

“The full cost of repairing these facilities needs to be determined, and council is working hard to find avenues to fund the repairs,” Cr Fechner said.

“The Queensland Reconstruction Authority, which coordinates disaster recovery at the state level, has confirmed there will be funding available for council to apply for under the disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements, however those guidelines are still being finalised.

The remaining Ipswich City Council sporting facilities impacted by flooding include:

· Blue Gum Reserve – Karalee Tornadoes

· Cribb Park Sporting Fields – Norths Tigers and Northsiders Cricket Club

· Evan Marginson Park – Woogaroo Rugby Club and Goodna Netball Association

· Goodna Bowls Club – Goodna Bowls Club

· Goodna Gym – Just Sport and Fitness

· Jim Finimore Oval – Ipswich Touch Association

· Kippen Park – Western Spirit Football Club

· Rotary Park (Eric Evans Oval) – Ipswich Knights Soccer Club