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FRASER LAKES GOLF CLUB CLOSED FOR GOOD

February 21st, 2013

DEVASTATING FLOODS LEAVE THE CAMERONS DESTITUTE

FRASER Lakes Golf co-owner Kathy Cameron said it felt like Groundhog Day as she watched floodwater swallow the 18-hole course for the third time in as many years.

FLOOD PRONE LAND AT THE FRASER LAKES GOLF CLUB WORTHLESS

The Craignish course on Castles Rd South, which is home to both the Craignish and the Fraser Lakes golf club, resembled a lake as water submerged most of the recently repaired fairways and greens.
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In a further blow, the torrential rain and powerful winds of ex-tropical Cyclone Oswald also caused damage to the clubhouse, where a small part of the roof caved in and flooded the facility.

Cameron said it was like another kick in the guts.

The Camerons fully understand kicking people in the guts.

“Unfortunately, we are getting used to it now,” she said.

Bad case of deja vu for golf club

“It makes it tough, every time we get heavy rain the same thing happens.

“We had just renovated all our greens and put new turf on the fairways within two days before it went under water again.

“We’ve had the carpet pulled out of the clubhouse and a lot of the tables and chairs have been damaged and a lot of equipment is no good anymore.”

Cameron said she felt for the members. Ha..Ha..!!!

“It is probably the only course that is financially within reach to these people who play here because most of them are pensioners,” she said.

While golf was out of the question, members have instead rallied round to help with the clean-up.

Cameron said she was unsure how much damage had been caused to the course, but she was hopeful golfers could be teeing off again next week.

At Maryborough Golf Club, meanwhile, golfers have returned to the course with 11 holes re-opened after volunteers spent hours removing the debris and silt that blanketed the course.

Holes seven, eight and nine were the worst affected with about 4m-high floodwater washing over the greens and fairways.

Club manager Paul Bray said the repair bill would likely be more than $100,000.

He said the club could have up to 15 holes playable tomorrow.
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Sourced & published by Henry Sapiecha [From Chronicle News]

MARYBOROUGH COMMERCIAL CITY PEOPLE SHOW APPRECIATION FOR HELP AFTER FLOODS

February 21st, 2013

COMMERCIAL BUSINESS PEOPLE IN MARYBOROUGH SHOW THEIR APPRECIATION FOR HELP AFTER THE RECENT FLOODS

Maryborough CBD shop owners Julianne Sutcliffe, Kevin Vincent, Anne Proctor, Andrew and Allison Duggan, Lida Nielsen, Claudia Davidson and Darren Smith are postive about their future.

COMMUNITY spirit and the will to work shoulder to shoulder with retailers have Maryborough’s central business district shops back in business.

Most are trading as normal, while others are only days away from doing so.

But all have one thing in common – they want to say a big thank-you to those who helped out during the biggest flood in 60 years.

On Australia Day this year, as the rains came down and the winds howled, business owners, staff and volunteers moved stock and fittings out of shops that were in danger of being inundated with the muddy floodwaters of the Mary River.
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Most of those people were back several days later, along with the army to help clean-up the aftermath.

TSG Tobacco Station owner Kevin Vincent said it took some work.

“The support I received from customers was excellent,” he said.

“We had a metre-and-a-half of water in the shop.

“I had a guy who I didn’t know from a bar of soap offer me a container and storage space for the entire contents of my shop.”

Mr Vincent said businesses saw the community as priority number one.

“I had specially designed cabinets made and fitted within a week after the water subsided,” he said.
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“You can’t beat that community spirit.”

Jane-Ellen Proctor of Anne’s Irresistible Lingerie said the cellar was full and there were a few metres of water in the shop.

“Mum and I weren’t even in Maryborough, we were stranded out of town,” Ms Proctor said.

“Family, employees and total strangers moved all the stock out.

“We came home to mum’s double garage full of bras, undies and dolls.”

Ms Proctor said people came from everywhere to help.

“It has restored my faith in the town,” she said.

“Now it’s just one foot in front of the other – it’s good to see everyone getting back on board.”
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Sourced from the local Chronicle paper & published here by Henry Sapiecha

FLOOD VICTIMS IN QUEENSLAND CAN TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THESE GOVERNMENT FINANCE ASSISTANCE PACKAGES

January 7th, 2011

FLOOD VICTIMS IN QUEENSLAND GET MONEY

Bundaberg – Fraser Coast District


Keep Australia Working Newsletter Issue No.11, January 2010
January
What a start to the year of 2011!

Our thoughts go out to everyone who has been affected by the floods in Queensland over December and January. Communities, businesses and individuals have all been affected. It takes time to recover from these unfortunate events but there is assistance available. All levels of government are working together to make sure assistance is available to those who need it. Below is a summary of the assistance that may be available to help individuals and businesses recover. This information is provided as a guide only and everyone will need to check their entitlement with the agency concerned.
DISASTER ASSISTANCE


The Australian Government Disaster Assist website:- http://www.disasterassist.gov.au/www/disasterassist/disasterassist.nsf/Page/Home
has been set up to give people access to information about recovery assistance following a disaster. Assistance is available for people adversely affected by the Queensland flooding.
Individual Support
The Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment (AGDRP) will be provided to eligible people affected by the Queensland flooding during the December 2010 – January 2011 period. The payment is to provide immediate, one-off financial assistance to eligible Australians adversely affected by the disaster. The Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment rate is $1,000 per eligible adult and $400 per child.

Details on how to claim are available from the Centrelink website:-

http://www.centrelink.gov.au/internet/internet.nsf/emergency/qld_flooding_dec10_claiming.htm

or by phoning 180 22 66.

Claims for this assistance can be lodged at Centrelink until 4 July 2011 as application for the payment is available for a period of up to six months.

The Queensland Government, through the Department of Communities, also has financial assistance available.

The Community RecoveryWebsite:-
http://www.communityservices.qld.gov.au/community/community-recovery/about.html

has information on the personal Hardship Assistance grant, which is non-means tested. This grant is to help people meet immediate and unexpected basic costs such as food, clothing, medical or accommodation costs associated with the disaster.
For those without house and contents insurance some means-tested assistance may also be available.

Phone 1800 173 349

for more information on assistance from the Department of Communities.
Business Assistance
The Queensland Rural Adjustment Authority:-

http://www.qraa.qld.gov.au

has grants of up to $25,000 for primary producers and businesses which have suffered direct damage as a result of the flooding. The grants are to help with direct costs of repair after the flooding. In our region, businesses in the local government areas of South Burnett, North Burnett, Cherbourg and Bundaberg are eligible.

Phone the QRAA on 1800 623 946 for details.
Concessional interest rate loans of up to $250,000 as well as freight subsidies of up to $5,000 are available for small business operators and primary producers across these Local Government Areas.

Call the QRAA on 1800 623 943 to discuss your situation.

Don’t forget that during times of natural disaster take
time to look after yourself as well as others. Some tips
on disaster resilience from the Disaster Assist website include:
Adjust your lifestyle to your needs.

Don’t just do things out of habit or because you planned them some time ago.
Avoid making important life decisions until you can be objective. Make as many small decisions on a day to day basis as you like to ensure you have control over your life.
Make time to practise relaxation or absorb yourself in a relaxing activity such as listening to music – this helps your body and nervous system to settle and readjust.
Above all, be kind to yourself.
Regards

Jason Millward | Local Employment Coordinator |

Phone 0412 772 307

Email — Jason.millward@deewr.gov.au

Received & published by Henry Sapiecha