Res­i­dent he­roes got the job done

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS - Ja­cob Wil­son ja­cob.wil­son@whit­sun­day­times.com.au

THE Shute Har­bour clean-up wouldn’t have been the same with­out the ef­fort from those clos­est to the car­nage.

Ex­ca­va­tor and Shute Har­bour res­i­dent Ger­ald Lovell was one of the early he­roes on the scene clear­ing de­bris from neigh­bour­ing drive­ways and putting his chain­saw to use.

Leonie Lovell said her hus­band’s ef­forts made a sig­nif­i­cant dif­fer­ence to peo­ple try­ing to get in and out of their prop­er­ties.

“Nearly the whole of Pas­sage Av­enue, Har­bour Av­enue and War­rain St were cleared in the time he had,” Mrs Lovell said.

“He cleared de­bris and got out with his chain­saw and chopped ev­ery­thing up and moved it aside into piles.”

Ger­ald wasn’t alone in his ef­forts to clean up Shute Har­bour. Mar­lene and Rus­sell Hicks were also out help­ing to re­store nor­mal­ity to the area, de­spite thou­sands of dol­lars of dam­age to their home.

“Rus­sell had a chain­saw and chain­sawed ev­ery­thing and put all of the rub­bish on the side of the road,” Mar­lene Hicks said.

“There was a mas­sive dif­fer­ence in four days.”

Mrs Hicks thanked Mark Zunker who trav­elled from Ayr and brought a Dingo machine with him to as­sist.

Coun­cil work­ers, SES and the army soon came to the area to fin­ish clear­ing what was left of the de­struc­tion.

CLEAN UP: Ger­ald Lovell helped with the clean up around Shute Har­bour.

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