Battling to find funds and future
RESIDENTS of an Ipswich retirement village are still battling insurance companies and fighting to find their feet.
Bremer Waters over-50s housing estate on Moores Pocket Road at Tivoli was inundated when the Bremer River ran wild.
The estate has about 180 houses which the residents own and pay a site fee to the owners to cover maintenance costs and rent.
Roger Greig said he would probably have to go back to work after realising he wasn’t properly insured.
“I’ve been here just over a year,” the 59-year-old said.
“I’m with RACQ but I haven’t got flood ticked on the form. I don’t really want anyone blamed. It’s happened; you have to move forward. I’ll probably have to go back to work. I used to be a trainer for industrial instrumentation.
“Most of the furniture is gone – fridge, whitegoods, everything’s gone I guess. All that’s left is the ceiling and the light bulbs.”
Bremer Waters part-owner and manager Col Hall was outraged with most insurance companies for failing their customers.
“The residents have got a really raw deal from most of the insurance companies,” Mr Hall said. “There’s five or six types of flood they can weasel out of.
“It’s about time there is consistency in flood insurance. All flooding comes from the sky.”
Mr Hall lives across the road from Mr Greig so he was inundated as well as wearing damage to the estate.
“We’ve taken about a $750,000 hit out of this. We lost the community centre, gym, craft room, salon, coffee shop, the toilet/shower block,” he said.
“I lost my home as well. Everyone knew a month out that damn dam needed water released.
“I’ve got no doubt if they had we wouldn’t have had the flooding we did. There are so many people who are hurting, who are retired and don’t have any income.”
Pat Maynard, who said she was with APIA Insurance, is one of the few residents relatively well off.
“I’ve got huge holes in the walls, mud in the shed; it’s still as it was,” Mrs Maynard said. “But I’m certainly better being insured. In the end I’ll have my house and it won’t cost me anything.”