Motel open for business
FRESHLY painted walls, refurbished rooms and smiling hosts Ramona Tobin and Bruce Goodwin will greet guests when Mundubbera Motel finally reopens on Monday after being inundated by 1.3m of floodwater in January.
The floodwater changed the direction of the couple’s lives. Their sale was only two days away so that was lost as well as their five-year retirement aim.
“The hardest part was the 10weeks of limbo when we were trying to gather enough information to decide whether or not we could or should start over,” Ms Tobin said.
According to the couple, finding the strength to continue would have been virtually impossible without the help of the Mundubbera community.
“People came out of the woodwork to help,” Mr Goodwin said.
“We have to thank the locals: Faye Whelan for her support and genuine concern, all those who just turned up and moved the mud, the church ladies who took washing home and the BlazeAid volunteers who worked here when it was too wet to fence.
“When we saw the mud disappearing and some clean spots appearing, thanks to all our helpers, it lifted us up and kept us going.”
Last week Ms Tobin announced the reopening on Facebook and on the motel’s website.
“On the first day I took 62 room bookings for the next two months so things are looking up,” she said.
Meals will not be available until the restaurant has been rebuilt.
RE-OPENING MONDAY: Ramona Tobin and Bruce Goodwin, of Mundubbera Motel, look forward to greeting new guests.