Edi­tor’s com­ment:

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FEEDBACK -

THE dev­as­tat­ing floods swamp­ing south­ern Queens­land have pro­duced some of the most hor­rific scenes ever en­coun­tered in Aus­tralia.

See­ing a fam­ily float­ing down a river which had trans­formed into rag­ing tor­rent sent shivers down the spine and summed up how heart-wrench­ing the sit­u­a­tion has be­come.

The scale of the floods ex­pected to peak in Bris­bane to­day are likely to be un­prece­dented.

With such hor­ri­ble news be­com­ing worse by the hour, it should come as no sur­prise the peo­ple of the Dou­glas re­gion have once again stepped up to help out in any way they can.

In a mat­ter of only a few hours yes­ter­day, dozens of ac­com­mo­da­tion providers from the Dou­glas re­gion had signed up to wel­come fam­i­lies af­fected by the floods and un­able to re­turn to their homes af­ter Tourism Queens­land called for busi­nesses to as­sist.

Other lo­cal busi­nesse didn’t hes­i­tate to show their sup­port with air­port trans­fers, car hire and tour of­fers.

The lo­cal tourism in­dus­try has en­dured an­other horror year and cane farm­ers saw their hopes of a bumper crop evap­o­rate with record rain­falls in 2010.

The lo­cal con­struc­tion in­dus­try is in tat­ters with trades­men forced out of the area to search for work else­where and it seems not a week goes by that an­other lo­cal busi­ness isn’t forced to go belly-up.

But still the lo­cal com­mu­nity, in­clud­ing those feel­ing the fi­nan­cial pinch, ig­nore their own prob­lems to come to the aid of oth­ers.

Re­gard­less of the num­ber of flood vic­tims who do end up com­ing to the re­gion to wait for the flood­wa­ters to re­cede, you can be sure there will be plenty more who re­turn as a re­sult of the gen­eros­ity shown by the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

Re­ceiv­ing a help­ing hand when you are at your most vul­ner­a­ble is not a ges­ture peo­ple for­get, and any­thing we can do to help those in need will be greatly ap­pre­ci­ated.

One thing is for cer­tain, they will get all the sup­port they de­serve from a com­mu­nity which con­tin­u­ally puts oth­ers first de­spite per­sonal cir­cum­stances.

This is why, as soon as the eco­nomic cli­mate im­proves, the Dou­glas re­gion will once again pros­per.

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