Feel­ing for By­field

Isis Town and Country - - Opinion - Matthew McIn­er­ney Re­porter matthew.mcin­er­ney@apn.com.au

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.

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