Stranded for five weeks

A ROAD free of water left Goodnight Scrub residents rejoicing yesterday, after spending five weeks cut off from Bundaberg.

More than 350 people have been stranded for about five weeks after the Perry River and Booyal Creek rose above their bridges, blocking the route to Bundaberg.

“Everyone is quite relieved,” Goodnight Scrub woman Leanne Miller said.

“It's been a long time cut off, but we have been helping each other out.”

The roads became clear from water late on Sunday, meaning some residents with four-wheel drives could get through.

Ms Miller, a mother of three, was yet to venture into Bundaberg but looked forward to the trip she had planned for today.

“I need to get the kids' school uniforms and school books ready for the new year,” she said.

“I feel a bit sorry for them because it's been five weeks and now they have to go back to school already.”

But not being able to get school books was the least of the community's problems during the wet.

“We did have some help from the SES to get supplies, but they couldn't be there all the time,” she said.

The isolation was also an emotionally difficult time.

“I've been cut off from my eldest son for five weeks because he has had to work in Bundaberg,” she said.

Bundaberg councillor Wayne Honor said it was great to see the Goodnight Scrub residents out shopping in Gin Gin again.

“The engineers are going out to assess the repairs,” he said.

“The approaches to the bridge are quite broken up.”

The road will remain officially closed until engineers assess the damage.

Cr Honor said it was priority to make sure the residents could get in and out of the area as soon and safely as possible.



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