Bob Bardini inside his damaged shed.
Bob Bardini inside his damaged shed.

Strong winds block Bundaberg roads

SMALL-crops farmer Bob Bardini has lived at his Bonna Road property since the 1960s and his two sheds have stood strong for almost 50 years, that was until yesterday when a gust of wind blew through his land.

At about 2.15pm, Mr Bardini saw the roof torn from both of his sheds and blown hundreds of metres into his paddock.

“I was standing at the window eating a piece of watermelon and I saw the roof just fly away,” Mr Bardini said.

“There was about five minutes of strong wind and it just was too much.”

The largest of the sheds collapsed in on two tractors, a boat, a quad-bike and other farm machinery.

“I have no idea how much it will cost to get it all fixed,” Mr Bardini said.

The wind terrorised the Bonna Road area with Bundaberg Regional Council called in to remove several fallen trees from the road.

Wheeley bins were also left scattered down the street.

Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Michelle Berry said the rain, wind and storms were expected to continue for the rest of the week.

“The weather will remain fairly unstable in the Wide Bay Region for a few days,” Ms Berry said.

“There will be showers and possibly some afternoon storms.”

The clouds and rain are expected to ease on Friday with a fine weekend ahead.

Meanwhile, Bundaberg residents are soaking up the moisture with plenty of people braving the heavy showers yesterday to continue their shopping.

Marie Riseley was out and about and was “loving the rain”.

“I don’t mind if it rains all week,” said Mrs Riseley.

“The gardens will look great. We water ours but it’s just enough to keep it alive.”

Mrs Riseley is thrilled that local farmers will be getting some relief.

“The farmers need it badly,” she said.

“I think everyone is pretty happy.”

Mary Robinson agreed the rain was cause to celebrate.

“It’s great, we really do need it,” she said.

“It’s been a while since we had some good rain. The place is a dust bowl.”

Despite rain around the region, fire bans have been extended until midnight on December 7.

The situation will be reviewed at that time.

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