Lo­cals dig deep for flood vic­tims

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FLOOD CRISIS: SPECIAL REPORT - SAM SMALL­BONE

AS Queens­land’s worst-ever flood cri­sis deep­ens by the hour, lo­cal res­i­dents and busi­nesses are ral­ly­ing to the cause of dev­as­tated flood vic­tims.

Lo­cals are unit­ing through a com­mon de­sire to do what­ever they can to help flood-sticken Queens­lan­ders make it through the cri­sis.

Whether it is re­tail heavy­weights such as Coles, Wool­worths and IGA col­lect­ing check­out do­na­tions or ran­dom acts of kind­ness by in­di­vid­u­als, an out­pour­ing of heart­felt sup­port is be­ing mo­bilised by the Dou­glas com­mu­nity.

Port Dou­glas Vil­lage has do­nated $25,000 and to­mor­row Port Dou­glas Ra­dio will host a com­mu­nity day and sausage siz­zle to raise money for the ap­peal.

Port Vil­lage owner Stan Mogg urged mem­bers of the com­mu­nity to get in­volved.

“It is im­por­tant for ev­ery­one to pro­vide sup­port to those in need and we wish to sup­port the ef­forts of the Port Dou­glas com­mu­nity in pro­vid­ing as­sis­tance to our fel­low Queens­lan­ders,” he said.

More than $5000 has been do­nated by the Moss­man Bowls Club to the Premier’s Flood Ap­peal.

Club man­ager Kevin Rynne was over­whelmed by the do­na­tions and de­ter­mined to raise more.

“It is a good ef­fort from the club, these ef­forts have come from out mem­bers and the com­mu­nity and it’s some­thing we are very happy to do,” he said.

“This com­mu­nity knows what raise is like and how de­struc­tive it can be... and now even though times are a lit­tle tough here, too, we want to help.”

To­mor­row has been de­clared FFFF (Flood Fundrais­ing Fri­day Four­teenth)-a spe­cial day dur­ing which ev­ery pur­chase made at the club will di­rectly ben­e­fit flood vic­tims, in­clud­ing $5 from ev­ery main meal, $1 from ev­ery drink and bare­foot bowls run­ning all day by gold coin do­na­tion.

Fri­day night will be a buf­fet meal with a chil­dren’s movies show­ing in the func­tion room.

Dozens of bed sheets, pil­low cases, tow­els and nap­pies have been dis­patched by the Moss­man and Port Dou­glas Ro­tary Club to help vic­tims.

Co­or­di­na­tor John Anich said lo­cals had do­nated all types of linen as part of a col­lec­tive ef­fort by all Ro­tary Clubs in North Queens­land which had re­sulted in about 40 pal­lets be­ing sent to Rock­hamp­ton and Emer­ald.

The col­lec­tion of linen do­na­tions had now been “paused” due to there be­ing limited dry stor­age space avail­able in flood-stricken com­mu­ni­ties, ac­cord­ing to Ro­tary Club past pres­i­dent Su­san Rae.

“At this stage, we are ask­ing peo­ple to make money do­na­tions un­til we can con­firm that the linen can be trans­ported to the ar­eas and un­packed for these peo­ple,” she said.

Pa­trons of the Port Dou­glas Yacht Club also will get their chance to dig deep when fundrais­ing con­cert “Flood­stock” gets un­der on Sun­day, Jan­uary 23, fea­tur­ing va­ri­ety of bands in­clud­ing The Tonic, The Walker Bros, Dis­trac­tions, The An­tipody­lans, Los Cara­coles, Stu Forbes, The Gus­man, Kim Hurley and The Uke­na­tor.

The event kicks off at 2pm with the $10 min­i­mum en­try fee and all other pro­ceeds go­ing to the Premier’s Flood Re­lief Fund. Great raf­fle prizes will be up for grabs from Bistro 3, Sea Tem­ple, Quick­sil­ver, Po­sei­don and Sail­away.

Mean­while, the dev­as­tat­ing scenes un­fold­ing from the flood cri­sis has prompted or­gan­iser Wendy Porter and more than 100 peo­ple to join a com­mu­nity walk down Four Mile Beach on Jan­uary 22.

A short walk from Port Dou­glas Surf Life­sav­ing Club flags at 9am will be fol­lowed by an auc­tion run by Raine and Horne with do­na­tions of all sizes on of­fer.

Items al­ready do­nated in­clude vouch­ers from Gar­den­ing Port Dou­glas, Pos­sum Beauty, Port Dou­glas Water­sports (along with one day’s profit), On­line life coach ses­sion, Ac­tion Fit­ness, Plan­ta­tion Re­sort meals, Spa By The Sea, Quick­sil­ver as well as a Lynda Hart Miller paint­ing and Mylo Hei­dke pic­ture on can­vas.

Do­na­tions will also be col­lected by the Port Dou­glas Neigh­bour­hood Cen­tre at a sausage siz­zle next Tues­day at 2pm with bread and meat do­nated by Moss­man Butch­ery Com­pany, Su­gar­land Meats and Port’s Pantry.

“It is re­ally im­por­tant for ev­ery­one to pull to­gether and sup­port the vic­tims of the floods,” or­gan­iser Tanya Mor­ris said.

Cay­man Vil­las and Meri­dien Port Dou­glas man­ager John Haymes said “sober­ing text mes­sages” from a friend whose Indooroopilly home was ex­pected to be in­un­dated to­day by the swollen Bris­bane River had prompted him to con­sider what else could be done to as­sist.

As a re­sult, he had been “over­whelmed” by the unan­i­mous re­sponse of own­ers to a sug­ges­tion of giv­ing fur­ni­ture which had re­cently been re­placed in a sig­nif­i­cant ren­o­va­tion of the prop­er­ties, in­clud­ing up to 60 beds, lounge suits and oc­ca­sional fur­ni­ture.

“These are own­ers and in­vestors who them­selves have ex­pe­ri­enced great un­cer­tainty as a re­sult of man­age­ment be­ing in re­ceiver­ship and poor yields,” Mr Haymes said. “They have pushed that aside and agreed all items should be do­nated to the flood vic­tims rather than sold.”

Photo by BRUCE LONG

Dev­as­ta­tion: the first of the houses to go un­der in Bris­bane yes­ter­day

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