Roger Murfet and Patricia Ellis of Karalee are inviting their community to join them.
Roger Murfet and Patricia Ellis of Karalee are inviting their community to join them. David Nielsen

Flood party fun to raise spirits

FLOODS may have left their home little more than a shell, but Roger Murfet and partner Patricia Ellis are so determined to raise everyone else’s spirits they have organised a flood-recovery party.

The party, at the Karana Downs Country Club on Saturday, is designed to be a fun day for families.

Mr Murfet said the day aimed to give people who had done it tough a welcome break from it all.

“It is a day to come together and try and forget about what we have been through – even if it is just for one day,” Mr Murfet said.

Based at Karalee overlooking the Bremer River, the couple had to abandon their home on January 11 as water levels rose.

Their home of eight years was completely inundated, with water lapping at the gutters of the two-storey house.

Water levels rose close to 19 metres, with Mr Murfet, at the highest point, able to use a tinny to clean out his gutters.

They returned to their home to find mud strewn throughout and their possessions lying in heaps on the floor.

Despite the state of their home the couple count themselves among the lucky ones, with the damage covered by their insurer Suncorp.

“People have got places in states like ours and don’t have insurance,” Mr Murfet said.

“We look on this as a forced renovation because we are insured.

“We try to look on the positives rather than the negatives, because if you looked on the negative side you would go mad.”

The Karalee couple have also had their own share of hard times, with Ms Ellis diagnosed with breast cancer in December 2007.

The 43-year-old got out of hospital days before the floods, with one of her lungs collapsing during a breast reconstruction procedure.

Her partner of 15 years had his own health scare, experiencing chest pains during his first day back at work as a courier on January 18.

Taken to Ipswich Hospital and treated for a suspected heart attack, he had a bad reaction to an injection of morphine and flat-lined for 15 seconds before recovering.

Despite their experiences, Ms Ellis said they tried to stay positive.

“We still have each other,” she said.

“I survived breast cancer and he survived flat-lining.”

On the day of the party, entertainment will be provided by DJ Matt from 2pm and rockers Vintage Voltage from 6pm.

Mr Murfet said businesses such as Ipswich Toy Hire and Queensland Natural Beef had lent their support, with the hire company donating a jumping castle for the kids and the beef team providing meat trays for an auction on the night.

He said a barbecue dinner would be available at the club for a reasonable price.

The club’s courtesy bus will be operating, taking people home to Karana Downs or Karalee.



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