Flood af­fected res­i­dents called upon to share ex­pe­ri­ences

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

NORTH Bur­nett res­i­dent Owen Burge­meis­ter is putting out a call as a help­ing hand to any­one in the re­gion who feels they are still suf­fer­ing some lin­ger­ing ef­fects from the re­cent floods and the dam­age that fol­lowed.

Mr Burge­meis­ter tried to or­gan­ise a Flood Fo­rum for this past week­end but un­for­tu­nately the num­bers weren’t what he had hoped.

“I’m not too sure if it was be­cause of the ad­ver­tis­ing or what but I only got one guy there and he thought it was for some­thing else,” Mr Burge­meis­ter said.

“But I would be will­ing to try and or­gan­ise an­other one if the in­ter­est is there.”

Mr Burge­meis­ter helped with the flood re­cov­ery and saw first hand the dam­age in­flicted phys­i­cally and men­tally on those most ef­fected.

“Some peo­ple were just ab­so­lutely de­stroyed by it,” Mr Burge­meis­ter said.

Mr Burg­er­meis­ter first came up with the idea for the fo­rum as a way for those ef­fected by the floods to come to­gether and share their mem­o­ries, thoughts and feel­ings.

“The emo­tional scars you can't see still run deep I be­lieve,” he said.

“And the power of the mind is one of the strong­est things and I be­lieve it starts there.”

Mr Burge­meis­ter hopes to get peo­ple to­gether who can re­late with each oth­ers strug­gles since the floods.

If you are in­ter­ested in a Flood Fo­rum please con­tact Mr Burge­meis­ter on 0427 613 161.

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