Re­sorts to res­cue


RE­SORTS, ho­tels and ac­com­mo­da­tion houses have jumped on board an ini­tia­tive to of­fer tem­po­rary ac­com­mo­da­tion to Queens­lan­ders dis­placed from their homes in the flood cri­sis.

With many res­i­dents un­able to re­turn to their homes or com­mu­ni­ties in the im­me­di­ate fu­ture, Tourism Trop­i­cal North Queens­land has launched an emer­gency ac­com­mo­da­tion reg­is­ter to as­sist those in great­est need.

TTNQ chief ex­ec­u­tive Rob Gi­ai­son said the ini­tia­tive had “gone vi­ral” with more than 100 busi­nesses in­volved and even pri­vate house­hold­ers jump­ing on­line to reg­is­ter spare rooms.

“The re­sponse al­ready has been phe­nom­e­nal,” Mr Gi­ai­son said. “It makes you feel very good to be a part of this com­mu­nity and in­dus­try when you look at our proud record of help­ing oth­ers in need, from the tsunami to the Vic­to­rian bush­fires to this un­prece­dented flood­ing dis­as­ter un­fold­ing in our own state.”

Qan­tas and Vir­gin Blue will fly peo­ple to Trop­i­cal North Queens­land where hun­dreds of ac­com­mo­da­tion houses are will­ing to open their doors, free of charge, to flood vic­tims.

A quick ring around of lo­cal busi­nesses by the Gazette yes­ter­day re­vealed at least 20 hol­i­day prop­er­ties in the Dou­glas re­gion al­ready were on board, while Ex­em­plar Coaches & Lim­ou­sines had of­fered air­port trans­fers.

Dain­tree Eco Lodge own­ers Terry and Cathy Maloney signed up im­me­di­ately on hear­ing of it and were con­fi­dent other op­er­a­tors in the tiny Dain­tree com­mu­nity would do the same.

“It’s a great idea, we’re all for it,” Mr Maloney said.

“We can’t leave our busi­nesses to go there to help the re­lief ef­fort so the best we can do is to bring them here.”

“We know with­out ask­ing the Dain­tree com­mu­nity will come on board be­cause they al­ways do.

“Hope­fully, in help­ing out, it’s just an­other way of ed­u­cat­ing peo­ple in the rest of Aus­tralia of why this is such a won­der­ful place to visit at this time of year.”

Mer­cure Tree­tops Re­sort as­sis­tant gen­eral man­ager David Pen­ney also pledged sup­port for flood vic­tims.

“Our thoughts go out to all who have been im­pacted by these re­cent events. We hope we can as­sist a cou­ple of fam­i­lies to take time away from the hard­ship and stress that they are fac­ing,” he said.

Brett Cameron, of The Outrig­ger Re­sort, was an­other busi­ness owner only too will­ing to help vic­tims as well as get the mes­sage out Trop­i­cal North Queens­land was un­af­fected.

“Peo­ple ring me to ask about the weather and I tell them it’s bloody beau­ti­ful,” Mr Cameron said.

“It is the quiet sea­son at the moment so while we have empty rooms, we may as well do what we can to help.”

Any other ac­com­mo­da­tion provider who is able to help out can reg­is­ter at

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