Members of the Brisbane Toyota Landcruiser Club of Queensland help with the flood clean-up at Gordon Country.
Members of the Brisbane Toyota Landcruiser Club of Queensland help with the flood clean-up at Gordon Country.

Business open despite the flood

SUE Gordon is still struggling to face the aftermath of the "cyclonic winds" and fierce floodwaters that ripped through her Goomburra property last month.

Century-old oak trees were uprooted and they watched them being carried away in the swirling floodwaters as though they were toothpicks.

Creek banks have been badly scoured and one whole camping area has gone, now buried under rocks and gravel picked up and dumped by the destructive torrent.

Lines of fencing have disappeared, water lines damaged, and the electricity was out for days.

But despite the major damage, Mrs Gordon wants people to know Gordon Country is still open for business and all has not been lost.

"We are worried people think we are closed, but we certainly aren't and now it is more important than ever to support local tourism," she said.

"We have about 22 different camping grounds, so what you miss in one will be picked up in another.

"There are plenty of beautiful grounds and this is still unique - there's no place like it."

Mrs Gordon said the 2011/12 floods paled in comparison to this latest flood and said she was hopeful the area would be declared Category C so she could access assistance.

"I have never seen anything like it," she said.

"The challenge for us is the magnitude of the damage and we exhausted all of our reserves recovering from the last floods.

"Every time you go out you find more damage."

About 80 people were stranded when storms hit the valley that fateful weekend and Mrs Gordon hosted 10 guests in her home. Others slept in offices and any dwelling Mrs Gordon and her husband Ian could find for them.

The Australia Day weekend is one of the biggest of the year for the Gordons and had the flood hit a day later, the number of stranded guests would be in the hundreds.

Despite the adversity of the weekend, Mrs Gordon said the great Australian attitude glimmered and good friends were made.

"One of the guests managed to make a pineapple upside down cake on a gas plate and we got out the games and played cards and Monopoly," she said.

"One lady was stranded on the other side of the creek with her children, away from her husband, and the other campers on that side adopted her so she wouldn't be alone."

Members of the Brisbane Toyota Landcruiser Club of Queensland have kept the spirit alive and visited Gordon Country at the weekend, to offer a bit of assistance and a lot of elbow grease.

The team rolled up their sleeves to help remove the fallen trees and flood debris that littered the grounds.

Vice-president Mark Craven said the group was happy to help out.

"We thought this would be a great way to build a good rapport and relationship with the owners," he said.

Mrs Gordon said members of 4WD clubs in Ipswich and the Gold Coast had also rallied around her and her husband.



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