Feeling for Byfield
WHAT a ridiculous week.
We were lucky to escape Tropical Cyclone Marcia’s wrath, but I feel for communities up north like Byfield that will take decades to recover.
It’s going to take a lot of time, a lot of work and a lot of money to get the region on its feet.
Byfield is the equivalent of Grantham in the 2012 floods.
Only a select few people could give you a rough estimate as to where Grantham was before the Lockyer Valley town was wiped out by floodwater. Everyone knows now. I feel Byfield is similar, and even then there are numerous tiny communities struggling.
Unlike Grantham, Byfield can’t just up move up the hill.
The whole town needs to rebuild, but more importantly the residents need to be looked after emotionally, not just financially.
They need long-term help to rebuild the homes and roads.
Months from now when the businesses are back open and the excitement dies down, I encourage everyone to get up there and throw some coin their way.
Every meat pie will count.