❝No more boat, no more float, if it’s gone then it’s gone.

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

— Deano Spring­bett

STAND­ING next to his boat, which was smashed to pieces by a fallen tree, Dingo Beach res­i­dent Deano Spring­bett came face to face with Deputy Pre­mier Jackie Trad on Fri­day.

Ev­ery tree ex­cept one fell on Mr Spring­bett’s prop­erty dur­ing Se­vere Trop­i­cal Cy­clone Deb­bie and he also lost nu­mer­ous pos­ses­sions due to flood­ing.

While he had ev­ery rea­son to lash out, Mr Spring­bett took it in his stride.

“No more boat, no more float, if it’s gone then it’s gone,” he said.

“The wa­ter has gone all through the place as well, be­cause the seep­age was up high and this was all sand and came up through the build­ing.”

Ms Trad of­fered a sym­pa­thetic ear while as­sess­ing the dev­as­ta­tion in the area, with fallen trees lit­ter­ing the land­scape and dam­age caused to the swim­ming en­clo­sure.

Nearby, Ms Trad met res­i­dents at the Dingo Beach Pub, where lo­cals were en­joy­ing a few cool bev­er­ages thanks to gen­er­a­tors.

Pub owner Tony Sell­ers said the Dingo Beach com­mu­nity wanted ac­tion rather than talk when it came to re-build­ing and get­ting Dingo Beach cy­clone pre­pared for the fu­ture.

“Our tele­vi­sion comes from Cen­tral Aus­tralia and when you live here through that, there is no com­mu­ni­ca­tion of what is go­ing on be­cause you are get­ting some­thing done from 7am in the morn­ing play­ing over and over and no phone com­mu­ni­ca­tion and no mo­bile phone and no TV here,” he said.

“In this day and age this re­ally has to be fixed.

“A lit­tle more ac­tion and a lit­tle less talk­ing is what I would like to see.”

Ms Trad also vis­ited Air­lie Beach and Shute Har­bour to talk to peo­ple af­fected by the cy­clone.

She said she wanted peo­ple to know they were not alone.

PHOTO: JA­COB WIL­SON

WRECKED: Dingo Beach res­i­dent Deano Spring­bett lost his beloved boat due to a fallen tree.

PHOTO: JA­COB WIL­SON

Dingo Beach pub owner Tony Sell­ers and Queens­land Deputy Pre­mier Jackie Trad.

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