Marker for day of disaster

GOODNA residents will soon have a place to reflect on the floods of 2011 when a Historic Flood Marker is unveiled at Alf Harris Park, on the corner of Church and Queen Sts, on January 11.

The unveiling, set to take place from 10am to 11am, marks the first anniversary of the day up to 600 Goodna homes were inundated by the floodwater that consumed the suburb earlier this year.

Cr Paul Tully, himself a victim of January's flood, said the marker would be an important historical and art installation.

"This will be the largest flood marker in Queensland," he said.

"It will be over 10 metres high and will represent all the major floods at Goodna since 1893."

Cr Tully said the decision to make the marker as much a piece of art as a historical record of flood events was designed to help the healing process for many Goodna people.

"This particular one will appear more like a work of art, with coloured segments representing the height of individual floods," he said.

"The anniversary is going to be difficult for a lot of people, so the marker and community gathering will be a combined recognition of what people went through."

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-6.30pm at River Heart Parklands on Roseberry Pde, Woodend.

"We are inviting the community to join with us to remember the events of that day as floodwaters inundated our wonderful city," Cr Pisasale said.

"The Ipswich community rallied together last January to help each other through a difficult time.

"This year the community will be gathering once again but this time to remember.

"While the damage suffered has been devastating, it has been truly inspiring to witness the community spirit which has shone through.

"I have always known Ipswich's biggest asset is its people, the hardworking residents who are always willing to help others in need, and the floods certainly reinforced that.

"We have shown Australia and the rest of the world that you can damage our properties but never our spirit."

Cr Pisasale said stories of courage and selfless generosity had been uplifting.

"They have kept us all going and continued to sustain us during the rebuilding process."

"It has also been amazing to witness the generous donations which have poured in from across the city, state, nation and even internationally and helped to lift people's spirits and assist with the rebuilding process."

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