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.