Chook farm dec­i­mated

The Gympie Times - - NEWS - PHIL COQUERAND RE­PORTER Philippe.coquerand@gympi­etimes.com

A TANSEY farm has been dealt a huge blow af­ter a tor­nado tore through the re­gion on Thurs­day af­ter­noon caus­ing an es­ti­mated loss of more than $300,000.

Cris and Lee-Anne Geri are the own­ers of Raw­ganix Farm – a farm that pro­duces pas­turefed poul­try and eggs – but with the fe­roc­ity of the storm have lost more than 800 chick­ens.

Mrs Geri said she was wor­ried when the storm hit.

“I was in­side a shed when it hap­pened, they say tor­na­does spin, well one of our sheds went fly­ing north and the other shed went fly­ing south,” she said.

“Each of our chicken trac­tors weigh 2T, they’ve been lifted up and tossed into the air.

“One ended up in the creek, two were com­pletely oblit­er­ated, one in a tree and we had shed­ding for our pigs de­stroyed.”

In the 12 years Mr and Mrs Geri have been in Tansey, they’ve never seen any­thing like it.

“Ev­ery­thing was just white,” Mrs Geri said.

“I was con­cerned about our baby chick­ens but thank­fully they’re all good.”

She said the tor­nado was su­per fast, which meant there was no time to pre­pare.

“It’s ab­so­lutely heart­break­ing,” she said.

Mrs Geri said they used to have 2500 chick­ens but now have about 1500.

The Tansey com­mu­nity has come to­gether to help sup­port those af­fected.

“We’ve been field­ing calls from ev­ery­one, which is nice, there’s just so many peo­ple in the com­mu­nity who have lost ev­ery­thing,” she said.

“We’re just fo­cus­ing on tak­ing it day by day, I’ve got the Kawana mar­kets to­mor­row fol­lowed by the Noosa mar­kets on Sun­day.”

Photo:ABC SUNSHINE COAST

HEART-BREAK­ING: Lee-Anne Geri of Tansey Farm Raw­ganix lost more than 800 chick­ens in the dev­as­tat­ing storms on Thurs­day af­ter­noon, which has caused in ex­cess of $300,000 in dam­ages.

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