News

Shock bill for emergency accommodation in flood

Reg and Peggy Hegarty are upset at having received a bill of seven hundred and fifty dollars for their time they spent at the Gunther Village in Gayndah. The elderly couple were evacuated from their home in North Bundaberg during the floods.
Reg and Peggy Hegarty are upset at having received a bill of seven hundred and fifty dollars for their time they spent at the Gunther Village in Gayndah. The elderly couple were evacuated from their home in North Bundaberg during the floods. Mike Knott

AN ELDERLY couple have been shaken by a bill of $750 for five days of emergency flood accommodation.

When Reg and Peggy Hegarty were displaced from their Lakes Retirement Village home of 10 years, they never expected what would follow.

The couple were evacuated to Oakwood State School, but were soon taken to the Friendly Society Private Hospital, with Mrs Hegarty requiring medical assistance.

As the Friendlies Hospital quickly filled with evacuees from Bundaberg Hospital, the couple were forced to seek alternate accommodation.

"We were given two options," Mr Hegarty said.

He said they were told they could go back to the evacuation centre or move to Gunther Village in Gayndah.

Mr Hegarty said he was advised by Kirsten Beyer at the Friendlies that they could move to Gunther Village.

"She told us to go to Gayndah rather than stay with lots of people," Mr Hegarty said.

"We said yes we were interested (in Gunther Village) as long as it didn't cost any money."

He said Ms Beyer informed them there was "no charge".

When the NewsMail contacted the Friendly Society Private Hospital yesterday Ms Beyer was on annual leave.

But Friendlies marketing manager Creina Lister said the couple were informed of the cost on their admission from the Friendlies and on arrival at Gunther Village.

Gunther Village manager Chantele Nelson believed the retirement facility went "well and truly up and beyond" for the Hegartys and should be compensated.

In a letter posted to the Hegartys, Ms Nelson wrote: "I feel I have been more than generous charging you $150 per night ..".

The letter went on to say: "... you have placed me in the unfortunate position of having to undertake whatever steps are necessary to recover this amount."

"I trust that you will reconsider your position and that we will receive your payment."

But when the NewsMail contacted Ms Nelson at Gunther Village yesterday, it was a different story.

"Unfortunately at this stage, we're going to have to wear the cost," Ms Nelson said.

"It's a bitter taste."

Topics:  bill, elderly people, floods 2013




Bundaberg could feed the state with the food we throw out

Just how much food do we waste every year?

No jail for league player who punched man

ASSAULT: The impact of the punch broke the victim's left front tooth and caused a puncture wound to his lip.

Nine-month community correction order for CBD assault

Jail drug smuggler caught with five bags of pot

BACK IN COURT: Brooke Marie Glasson was found in possession of marijuana two months after pleading guilty to supplying a dangerous drug at the Maryborough Correctional Centre.

Second chance to stay out of jail

Latest deals and offers

The Hard Word reviews Kyzer Soze

Kyzer Soze are playing Brisbane tomorrow at the Crowbar in Fortitude Valley. Photo Contributed

Kyzer Soze summon the evil for this mighty slab of death metal

Britney Spears 'almost drowned' in Hawaii

Britney Spears has revealed she 'almost drowned' while on holiday

Doco reveals real story behind Black Hawk Down

Former Black Hawk pilot Mike Durant shares his story, which helped to inspire the movie Black Hawk Down, in the TV series No Man Left Behind.

FORMER pilot recounts ordeal which inspired a Hollywood movie.

What's on the big screen this week

Toby Kebbell and Jack Huston in a scene from the movie Ben-Hur.

AN OLD classic returns to the big screen with a new young star.

Bachelor Richie gives bacon-loving Noni the boot

Noni Janur features on this season of The Bachelor.

TOOWOOMBA swimwear designer still single but focusing on her career.

Zumbo's Just Desserts serves up magical dishes

Gigi Falanga, left, joins hosts Adriano Zumbo and Rachel Khoo on the TV series Zumbo's Just Desserts.

ADRIANO Zumbo’s decadent creations have become prime-time viewing.

ISLAND FOR SALE: Cheap Fraser Coast island drops price again

Suna Island in the Great Sandy Strait will be auctioned by Ray White Hervey Bay on Saturday morning.

This is the cheapest island you will find for sale in Australia

How a family home can fit on a 250sq m block

This is what you can build on 250m2.

Here's the floor plan of a home built on 250sq m

$100m plan for Curtis Island 'world class' luxury resort

$100 million resort: Top views at Turtle Street at Curtis Island.

"At the moment we think it meets all the town planning approvals.”

Coast building approvals at seven-year high: report

The the 2015/16 Development Indicators Annual Highlights Report documents local development activity that took place during the last financial year.

New report shows increasing development on the Sunshine Coast

Top honours for Mackay and Whitsunday builders

The Kerrisdale Gardens property from Paynter Dixon Queensland which won them Project of the Year.

Mackay and Whitsunday builders awarded top honours last night.

Investors eye Gladstone's $4m island with resort approval

UP FOR SALE: Turtle Island is on the market.

CHINESE and Sydney investors flag interest in Gladstone island.