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    Premier and Minister for Reconstruction
    The Honourable Anna Bligh

    Ipswich remembers the floods a year on

    Premier and Minister for Reconstruction
    The Honourable Anna Bligh

    Wednesday, January 11, 2012

    Ipswich remembers the floods a year on

    Queensland Premier Anna Bligh will today join Ipswich residents to mark the anniversary of the day the Bremer River broke its banks, inundating the city.

    The day will begin with the unveiling of the Historic Flood Marker at Alf Harris Park in Goodna at 10am.

    “Fittingly called ‘The Pillar of Courage’, it represents exactly what the people of Goodna have been, both during the devastation and in the reconstruction of their community,” Ms Bligh said.

    “Goodna was one of the worst hit areas, with more than 450 properties affected and many of those submerged above the roofline.

    “As Queensland mourned, the recovery effort quickly mobilised as the army, followed by a mud army of volunteers, marched in to help.

    “In true Queensland spirit, work began almost immediately to clean up.”

    This evening the Premier will unveil the “City of Courage” commemorative plaque and stone at Riverheart Parklands, Woodend.

    “The stone recognises the strength and resilience shown by the people of Ipswich,” Ms Bligh said.

    “As we remember the day the flood waters tore a devastating path through the Ipswich community, sweeping homes and livelihoods away with them, we also recognise the strength and fragility, the bravery and the resilience of the people of Ipswich.

    “More than 2,700 buildings were directly affected in the Ipswich area and repair work has commenced or been completed on almost 90 per cent.

    “From the outset the community banded together to help family, friends, neighbours and strangers.

    “While we know that for many people the memories of 12 months ago will still be raw, out of the devastation has risen an enormous community strength and spirit.

    “It is wonderful to see the Ipswich community begin 2012 united and strong.”

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