Dif­fi­cult de­ci­sion

Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE - Sue Har­ris sue.har­ris@cnbtimes.com.au

Of­fers pour in for flooded houses $20,000-$50,000 each Flood vic­tims over­whelmed Res­i­dents could re­gret de­ci­sion

MUN­DUB­BERA res­i­dents are be­ing of­fered $20,000-$50,000 for their homes.

But there are con­cerns res­i­dents sell­ing up might not be in a good state of mind to make such im­por­tant de­ci­sions.

Mun­dub­bera Com­mu­nity Flood Re­cov­ery Group mem­ber Bon­nie Tre­van­ion said she was se­ri­ously con­cerned other flood vic­tims were trau­ma­tised.

“Out of des­per­a­tion peo­ple are act­ing with­out hav­ing con­sulted a fi­nan­cial ad­vi­sor or lawyers,” she said.

“Ev­ery­thing is over­whelm­ing.”

Res­i­dent Shane Mer­ritt was of­fered $5000 for a house in Stu­art-Rus­sell St.

“We spent $23,000 putting new stumps un­der it af­ter the last flood so we said ‘no’,” Mr Mer­ritt said.

“We’d be left with the land, which we’d have to con­tinue to pay rates on.

“Ev­ery­thing’s still up in the air at the mo­ment.

“Some peo­ple are telling us to just get back into our houses but ev­ery­thing costs so much and we don’t know where to start.

“There’s no use spend­ing money to make the house live­able again when we could get an­other flood any­time.

“There are a few peo­ple who have moved back but most haven’t.”

Deputy Mayor Faye Whe­lan had been hope­ful about the pos­si­bil­ity of a land swap so Mun­dub­bera homes that were in­un­dated could be moved to higher ground.

But this was de­feated in a vote by coun­cil­lors on May 7 be­cause the same of­fer could not be made across the whole re­gion.

“The last thing I want for Mun­dub­bera is a sec­tion of town like a ghost town,” Cr Whe­lan said.

“I hope the pur­chasers of th­ese houses will re­fur­bish and rent them out.

“We des­per­ately need rentals.

“The only is­sue I have is if flood vic­tims are in a good men­tal state to make the right de­ci­sion about the sale of their prop­erty.

“I would en­cour­age peo­ple not to be too hasty about their fu­ture.”

Cr Whe­lan said she hoped the flood mit­i­ga­tion study would re­veal an an­swer to the ques­tion of the town’s fu­ture sta­bil­ity.

The Mun­dub­bera Com­mu­nity Flood Re­cov­ery Group will host a meet­ing tonight at 7pm at the Royal Ho­tel.

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