MORE than six tonnes of waste have been cleaned up from the city’s waterways by Ipswich Council in the year since the February 2022 flood.
Remarkably heavy rainfall last year saw a deluge flooding the Bremer River, swamping the city centre and several low-lying suburbs.
The initial flood in February 2022 was followed by a second event in May, which saw the clean-up efforts commence a second time around.
The massive clean-up task involved clearing away more than 570 debris items across the city, including some extraordinary items such as a trampoline left up a tree, pallets, washing machine, furniture and wheelie bins.
In the first two weeks after the February flood, council assisted the community in removing almost 10,000 tonnes of waste, with 4,200 tonnes of that being flood waste material.
Following the immediate disaster clean-up, council created a dedicated internal team that focused on cleaning up the city’s rivers and waterways in the months after.
Since the immediate response, council crews have kept up their efforts to clean up the city, removing tonnes of waste and there are still several sites where waste removal continues.
Council’s internal clean-up team focused on the hardest hit areas first which including Colleges Crossing, Rotary Park at Booval, Riverside Park at Karalee, Tite Family Park at Bundamba, and Katherine Court Reserve at Karalee.
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