Barooga property owner shares his memories one year on from a devastating tornado.TONI BRIENT March 31, 2014 4:10am
Aftermath: A vision of the damage. The remains of a shed and trees are pictured shortly after last year's tornado.
‘‘We got a new shed out of it, and some new machines, and a view of the mountain,’’ Nico Sieling said of the tornado which tore though his Barooga farm on March 21 last year.
He said about 8
The tornado also destroyed multiple sheds, tractors and other farm equipment on his property, which spans more than 500
Mr Sieling, together with his wife Pauline, their daughter Juliette Mason and her husband Ben Mason, and the Sielings’ grandson Jaxon, watched as the funnel sped across the land, missing the Sielings’ weatherboard home by mere metres.
The Masons’ house across the road was completely destroyed, and Mr Sieling said the three made it to his house within minutes of the tornado reaching the property.
‘‘No-one actually remembers the sound it made,’’ Mr Sieling said.
‘‘It only took probably five seconds (to move across the property).’’
In the following days and months, family and friends of the Sielings rallied to assist in the clean-up.
‘‘Sixty tonnes of scrap metal went, and that included some old machines and trailers,’’ Mr Sieling said.
He said he was amazed to see how far the tornado carried objects, such as a trailer that turned up in a pile of debris 80
‘‘The air seeder went for a ride,’’ he said.
‘‘We had two tandem trailers that were about 100
Mr Sieling said he lost about 1500
‘‘Of course, you don’’ insure that stuff,’’ he said.
He said the experience made himself and other local farmers proactive about their insurance, particularly for bigger items such as tractors and trailers.
‘‘You don’t think about it, you buy it all for $3000 at a clearance sale and you just take it home and be done,’’ he said.
‘‘And if it breaks, you just buy another one or you fix it.
‘‘But when it all goes in one go .
Mr Sieling wouldn’t say how much he’d lost during the tornado, but it was clear watching him flick through photos it hit the Holland-born farmer hard.
‘‘We lost .
‘‘Just put it that way.’’
Mooroopna Park Primary School principal Hayden Beaton has wasted no time improved his former school's student numbers.
The Yarrawonga Chronicle and Travel and Cruise Yarrawonga are offering shoppers a chance to win an incredible cruise package this summer.
Last week Victorian Collections passed a major milestone, with the 50000th historical object record from the state’s heritage collections uploaded to the site.
Echuca branch of the Ulysses Club is carrying out its annual toy run on November 29.
Rochester Secondary College student Georgia Mundie will perform at an Equitana exhibition in Melbourne.
Fourteen parties and 37 candidates will contest the Northern Victoria Region for the Victorian upper house at the November 29 election, with the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) claiming the top billing on the ballot paper.
Playgroup of the Month for November.
Andrew Richardson and Matt Jackson have been appointed co-coaches of Finley's senior football side.
Two new Neighbourhood Safer Places for the Pyalong and Tooborac communities have been announced.
Runners from the Sri Chinmoy Peace Oneness-Home Peace Run visit local students to share message of goodwill.
Deniliquin’s Luke Harrington is hoping to start a horse riding club for people with a disability.
South African course builder Brian Lavery, now based in Melbourne, set a testing track for the Hunter Group World Cup Showjumping Qualifier on Saturday that brought some of the sport’s big names undone.
Scott Upston had a decorated career as a paralympic coach before moving to Benalla this year.
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.