The Road Ahead : December 2013
ROADAHEAD.COM.AU 12 COMMUNITY | FEATURE IMAGES (CLOCKWISE): BUNDABERG BASKETBALL HQ DURING FLOODS, RESURFACED OUTSIDE COURT CONTRASTED AGAINST FLOOD DAMAGED SURFACE, INDOOR COURTS BEFORE THE FLOOD AND UNDER WATER ( PICS COURTESY BUNDABERG BASKETBALL INC). THE ROAD AHEAD DEC 2013/JAN 2014 AS QUEENSLAND FACES another cyclone season, the destruction caused by ex-Tropical Cyclone Oswald, which battered Queensland's coastline in the lead up to Australia Day, is still fresh in most people's minds. This is particularly so for the residents of Bundaberg, which bore the brunt of the damage. At its peak, the Burnett River reached a record level of 9.5 metres, with violent winds and driving rain added to the devastation. RACQ regional manager Judi Johnson said Oswald hit the Bundaberg community particularly hard, coming at a time when many residents had not yet fully recovered from the 2011 floods. "When Oswald swept through, it destroyed the repairs that were underway and, in some cases, wreaked even more damage," Ms Johnson said. "Emotionally and financially, this has been a very tough experience to bounce back from, with many local community organisations still involved in the daunting task of rebuilding and getting up and running again." It's for this very reason that the RACQ Foundation was set up following the 2011 floods, with the aim to help affected community organisations recover and charity organisations to provide ongoing assistance to flood and cyclone victims. The RACQ Foundation announced in August that six Bundaberg community organisations, struggling to recover from Oswald, had been approved for more than $760,000 in total to repair, replace and rebuild their damaged properties. One of these organisations was Bundaberg Basketball Inc, which was approved for $200,000 to repair its damaged outside courts as well as electrical wiring, roofing, seating and its kitchen. The club's secretary Kerri Savidge said she was grateful and overwhelmed with the funding and that the money had made a significant contribution towards a total damage bill of $480,000. "The $200,000 we got from the RACQ Foundation made all the difference in the world," Miss Savidge said. "We're laying the 'foundation' for recovery ALMOST 12 MONTHS ON SINCE EX-TROPICAL CYCLONE OSWALD, BUNDABERG IS GETTING BACK ON ITS FEET. STORY BELINDA PETERS Emotionally and financially, this has been a very tough experience to bounce back from ...
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