Flood damage clean-up begins
CHARLEVILLE pub owner Brett Tanzer is so devastated by the $250,000 flood damage to his Hotel Corones he still hasn’t stepped inside the front bar to see it for himself.
Major clean-up work continues today at homes and businesses in Charleville, Roma, St George and many smaller centres in south-west Queensland.
Mr Tanzer was in Cairns with his family on their first holiday in four years when he got the call last week advising his pub had been flooded.
He said it was a real kick in the guts considering he could not get insurance for his pub and had already lost $125,000 to damage caused in the 2008 floods.
To add to his woes, the unit at the pub where Mr Tanzer and his family live was also flooded.
“When we came out here four years ago, we had a semi-trailer load of stuff and now we have got about a ute load,” he said.
“We will try to salvage what we can.”
Thieves also broke through a leadlight window into the front bar of the pub on Monday night, taking about $200 worth of stock.
“I don’t know if we could have any more bad luck.”
Rooms are being gutted for refurbishment at the Overlander Homestead Motel in Roma where last week’s floodwaters reached nearly a meter inside the premises.
Receptionist Darren Collins said a lot of furniture and carpet had been taken to the dump.
He said it was expected the damage bill at the insured motel would total about $500,000.
The flooding has also left sheep and cattle in the area stranded on higher “islands” with little or no feed.
LNP primary industries spokesman Ray Hopper said State Government needed to support landholders by helping with helicopters to properly assess the situation.
“A lot of stock would be suffering and the need for action is now,” Mr Hopper said.
The Queensland Rural Adjustment Authority announced grants up to $25,000 and concession loans up to $250,000 were available for primary producers and small business owners affected by the recent flooding events.
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