Caught in a flood Mud fight
GOODS intended for flood-affected victims lay dormant in a shed for months following a dispute between a landlord and the Bundaberg Mud Army president.
Daniel Gorza said his family owned property located at 6-8 Woondooma St became the base for goods donated to the Bundaberg Mud Army in April this year.
Mr Gorza alleges that James Kampf signed a 12-month lease but after two months stopped paying the rent.
"When the tenant stopped paying rent we became suspicious," he said.
"After we served him with three overdue notices we found the building unlocked and the tenant had done a runner.
"The entire warehouse was full of toys, clothes, blankets and electrical products."
But Mr Kampf yesterday denied the allegations and said the rental dispute arose after he was charged for rent he should not have been.
"I was moving from one property to another in the middle of the month so we were supposed to have two weeks free rent," he said.
"The disagreement I had with the owner is that he then charged us for those two weeks.
Mr Kampf said at the same time he was dealing with infighting within the Bundaberg Mud Army group after he had mistakenly registered the group as a non-for-profit organisation.
"The information I had was that we were a non-for-profit group but because we had registered our name under an ABN it classed us as a corporation," he said.
"That meant we had to cease activities till we had sorted out our paperwork.
"Then the owner of the shed restricted our access to the shed by padlocking it."
Mr Gorza said this was untrue.
"We served him with a final notice and our solicitor said we could then take over the premises," he said.
"We found when we went to visit the premises he had removed his contact details and left the whole place unlocked."
Mr Gorza said the most disappointing aspect was the goods - eventually picked up by Lifeline and St Vincent's - did not make it to people who really needed it at the time.
An Office of Fair Trading spokesman said organisations needed to register as a charity if they wished to raise funds for relief or community purposes.
To check whether a charity is registered to fundraise in Queensland visit www.fairtrading.qld.gov.au.