Govt fund choices are baffling
BAFFLE Bob's Camping and Caravan Park may be forced to close if the state and federal governments refuse to recognise the Gladstone Regional Council district as a flood-affected area, its owner says.
Assistance is being provided to small businesses and primary producers in 13 council areas including Bundaberg and the North and South Burnett areas.
But Gladstone, and the flood-affected Baffle region, are not on the list.
Park owner Nola Offord said about $10,000 in damage had been caused when the Baffle broke its banks, causing water to inundate 13 acres of the 23-acre park.
“Everyone cancelled because they either couldn't get in or couldn't get out of where they live,” she said.
Ms Offord, who runs the park with husband Bob, said the park lost about $35,000 of income with holidaymakers unable to reach the park in what is usually its biggest time of year.
“We've had a fair amount of damage and we're not even one of the ones who were worst affected,” Ms Offord said.
“Because we're in the middle of two areas, we're left out of many issues – but we can't afford to be this time.”
The park owner of about 12 years said things were “not looking good”.
“I don't know if they will be able to salvage us and that's going break both our hearts because we put so much into this place,” she said.
State rural and regional minister Tim Mulherin said the area would be looked at in turn.
“At this stage, small businesses and primary producers in 13 local government areas are eligible to receive grants of up to $25,000 for clean-up and recovery under Category C assistance,” Mr Mulherin said.
“This assistance may also be extended to other areas once the impact of the floods in each area can be properly assessed.”
Gladstone mayor Gail Sellers said Gladstone was not as badly impacted as other regions such as Rockhampton and Theodore.
“I would like to see them getting help, though,” Cr Sellers said.
“My hope would be that they didn't need to close.
“Country people are the most affected here.”