Lake learns lessons from Qld floodsTuesday May 7, 2013 - 08:58 EST
The Mayor of Ipswich in south east Queensland says it is crucial local governments across the Hunter, and the rest of Australia, share their experiences of dealing with natural disasters.
Paul Pisasale will speak at Lake Macquarie Council's second 'Our City, Our Future' lecture series tonight.
Ipswich was devastated by floods in 2011, which saw more than 3,000 homes and businesses inundated with water.
Councillor Pisasale says he is proud of how his community pulled together during the natural disaster.
"We live in a great country and we should share - we should share experiences, we should share problems - so that we can help each other grow as a community," he said.
"We do a lot work with sister cities all over the world, and I can't believe we don't share the experience of Australians helping Australians grow stronger and stronger.
"We've (Ipswich) been through natural disasters, we've had a high crime rate, we've had high unemployment - we've been able to overcome those, and we're going to share it with you."
Councillor Pisasale says his community is stronger because of the 2011 disaster.
"We came together as a community, and I want to share what got us through that and why we're now back on our feet.
"It's been the support that we've gotten from a lot of Australians but, more importantly, our own guts and determination and pride.
"How do you get through things like that?
"A common vision, but the most important thing, throw away the titles, throw away the positions, and all of us understand that we've got one thing in common, that's a responsibility to make the city strong."
© ABC 2013
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