IT HAS been a long and difficult path to recovery for the Bundaberg region since the flood events of 2010/11.
As a council the priority and major focus has always been the preservation of human life and over the intervening years we have worked hard to ensure appropriate warning systems are in place and evacuation routes available to residents.
The council has faced a financial burden since 2010/11, a burden that grew in 2013.
More than $20 million earmarked by council for other community projects was injected into flood recovery work.
However, hard work, planning and the resolve of council to promote economic growth will see more than $170 million in projects undertaken this year. You only need to drive along Johanna Blvd to see the expansion of commercial business in that area to conclude that our recovery from the flood events is now well established.
Local businesses, developers and investors need to be congratulated for their resolve in clearly demonstrating their confidence in this region.
A great thing that has grown from events like 2010/11 and 2013 has been the strength of a community bond. People were prepared to help each other, to rely on each other and I think that is one of the positives to have emerged.
BUNDABERG Basketball has bounced back since the 2011 floods and although there is still work to be done the courts are back in shape.
Association secretary Kerri Savidge said the damage to the court was significant and a lot of work went into the rebuild before the devastation of the floods struck again in 2013.
"Since 2011 we have had some ups and downs and since then we have worked really hard to get back on our feet," Ms Savidge said.
"And of course we had another flood we learned a lot and bounced back up and our membership has increased.
The place is looking good and we still have a lot of work to do but we will just keep going."
IT'S not the same story for Bundaberg Slipways owner Lorraine Price who feels the business had not fully recovered from the floods.
Ms Price said there seemed to be a lack of confidence in the community when it came to using the river since the two floods.
"We haven't fully rebuilt so definitely not fully back on track yet," Ms Price said.
"We find there is a lack of places for boats to tie up to and this is hurting."
Ms Price said the business was looking to the future and not the devastation of the past.
"We have tried to work a bit smarter now and we look forward to a better future for everyone," she said.
Coopers Home Hardware
COOPERS Home Hardware manager Jason Medcalf said the 2010-11 flood came out of the blue and like many others in the town they didn't know what to expect.
"It was the first time in 50 to 60 years that Bundaberg had flooded," he said.
"By the time we recovered from that we were smashed again by the 2013 floods.
"We had built the business again to get through another similar flood but unfortunately the 2013 flood wasn't similar."
Mr Medcalf said the hardware store was like most other businesses in the area and had made a pretty good recovery.
"We just hope it won't happen again," he said.
Bundaberg Netball Association
THE Bundaberg Netball Association rebuilt after the first devastating flood in 2011 only to be shattered again in 2013.
"Our courts were totally destroyed and we had to rebuild which took nearly 12 months," the association's Shelley Naumann said.
"In 2013 we were much better prepared because of the first flood.
"When it hit the first time we lost everything because we had all the fixtures in place."
Ms Naumann said after the second time the court was flooded instead of rebuilding a move was the answer and a new netball court has since opened in Bundaberg near the airport.
"There is a lot of work which goes in to building the courts and after the second time we knew better and moved," she said.
Nowra Power Products
SINCE 1987 Mark and Sue Draganoff have owned Nowra Power Products and before 2011 they had never seen flood waters in their business.
Mr Draganoff said the first flood wasn't as bad as the 2013 one because they had time to prepare.
"The water came up slowly in 2011 and we were lucky as we had time to move stock," he said.
"It took about a week for the water to rise and we were able to monitor it.
"We lost all our records and it still hit us hard - but it was worse for us in 2013."
Mr Draganoff said they had made improvements to the structure of the building in case another flood was to hit.
"We now have a big door which is located at the high side of the building," he said.
"I just want to let everyone know we appreciated all the help from the public during the clean ups."
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