An Echuca business owner has provided makeshift refuges for flood-affected residents in the Queensland town of Bundaberg.IVY WISE February 13, 2013 12:00am
Marquees from Echuca’s Stride Events are usually hired for weddings or parties.
However, four are providing refuge for Bundaberg’s displaced residents following the town’s worst flood on record last month.
Stride Events owner Anthony Stevens secured the government contract to provide a 15m by 30m marquee and three 10m by 12m marquees through a relationship with Yes Events in Queensland.
He spent last week helping to set up the temporary tent accommodation at the showgrounds; the large tent being used as a common and dining area, while the other three are used for sleeping, with 40 single beds in each.
The 320-bed air-conditioned camp can feed up to 450 people and includes a laundry, toilets and mobile kitchen.
‘‘We started erecting it on Monday and were finished by lunchtime Friday,’’ Mr Stevens said.
‘‘We worked from first thing in the morning until dark, so we didn’t get to see any of the devastation.
‘‘We did see people coming in on buses; some of them with kids or just carrying a bag or two.
‘‘That was pretty sad to see. These people had been made homeless and the only thing they had left was what they were carrying.’’
Of the 1500 people in Bundaberg who were displaced because of the floods, about 300 have been staying in the evacuation centre.
Queensland Housing Minister Tim Mander recently said he believed people would stay at the camp for ‘‘weeks rather than months’’.
‘‘I’m not really sure how long they will need them for. As long as it takes I guess,’’ Mr Stevens said.
‘‘The town is very busy, with the SES and army out and about and Queensland Government workers fixing homes.’’
Community support needed for drug and alcohol treatment centre near Numurkah.
Yarrawonga/Mulwala's largest ever professional golf event, the Shepparton BMW Senior Victorian Open, got underway today with 124 players hitting off from 8am to 1pm on Yarrawonga's Black Bull Golf Course at Silverwoods.
Tatura’s rainfall for the last three months of 2015, 116.6mm, was marginally down on the long-term average for the same period, 120.8mm.
JON Lam’s exhibition Heart to Art will open at Alton Gallery on Friday
THE second annual Christmas town party in Lockington did not quite attract the crowd organisers were hoping for, but it failed to dampen their spirit.
Special supplement in this weeks edition
For Tocumwal’s Lynda Snowden, working the land hasn’t stopped her from falling in love with the majestic surrounds of her day to day life.
TOOLLEEN Recreation Reserve Committee of Management presented three awards on Australia Day in front of 80 local residents.
The cuteness level at Maryanne Ryan’s place is overflowing the bucket, with the arrival of baby Dougal the donkey.
Deniliquin doctor Marion Magee says she is disgusted with the treatment of local nurses.
Federal Member for Murray Sharman Stone has been criticised by two Victorian MPs for suggesting the Federal Government should stop spending money on the $2 billion irrigation modernisation program until problems are sorted out.
The News magazines are online - read high quality magazines in your time. Check in regularly for the latest editions.
Riverine Herald's well regarded locally produced magazines. They're now online, so you can read them whenever and wherever you like.
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.