Mo­tel open for busi­ness

Central and North Burnett Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

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.

Photo: Sue Har­ris

RE-OPEN­ING MON­DAY: Ra­mona Tobin and Bruce Good­win, of Mun­dub­bera Mo­tel, look for­ward to greet­ing new guests.

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