Ballot official Laureen Creevey helps Sheila and Richard Cork lodge their preferences for the Grantham land swap deal.
Ballot official Laureen Creevey helps Sheila and Richard Cork lodge their preferences for the Grantham land swap deal. Nev Madsen

Grantham residents eager to relocate

FLOOD devastated Grantham residents face days of anticipation after lodging their preferences for the historic Grantham land swap deal on Saturday.

The results of the ballot will be announced on Wednesday, relocating residents to higher ground as part of the voluntary land-swap initiative.

Sheila Cork was at the ballot box on Saturday after months of anticipation.

“It's just a relief knowing that we're moving along and something is happening,” she said.

“Everybody is looking forward to things getting back to normal.”

But not everyone will be rebuilding in Grantham.

Anne-Marie Geeves' portable saw mill business was decimated by January's floods, leaving her to start again.

“We were in the commercial area, so we can do the land swap but won't get any help to rebuild,” she said.

“We're going to do the swap and sell the block of land. We've bought a 10-acre block in Whichello to start our business again.”

Lockyer Valley Regional Council mayor Steve Jones said the town was bruised, but not beaten.

“The land swap is one of the positive things we can put in place to help our people in these difficult times,” he said.



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