Deliveries not stopped by floods
IT’S meant to be the postman who ignores all weather to make his deliveries, but newsagent Mike Boyland shrugged off more than that.
Mr Boyland is the owner of Vogue Newsagency, opposite Coles on Brisbane Street in the CBD, and has been in Ipswich for 30 years.
He used to have the newsagency nearby but moved about five years ago, and he also owns the newsagency at Winston Glades.
On Wednesday, January 12, as floodwaters surged towards their peak, he was delivering newspapers.
The day before, he and his family decided to get as much as possible out of the shop before the Bremer River came calling.
“Our first priority was the computers with all the files,” Mr Boyland said.
“We had two girls here but had to send one home because her house was flooding.
“My sons Steven and Nathan were with me and the first thing we got out was the wrapping machine.
“It’s not that heavy, but it’s cumbersome, and it took the three of us to get it on the ute.
“It started snowballing; people started coming in and asking if they could help. I reckon we got 90 per cent of the stock. We stopped when the water was around our ankles because I was worried about the power points. The water was coming up so quickly. I reckon it came up two metres in an hour.”
He went home and organised for the papers to be delivered to another newsagent, had an hour’s sleep then started delivering.
“I live out the back of Flinders View and I did that first, just from memory,” he said.
“It was strange. People were out walking their dog, it was a sunny day and five kilometres away in town there was devastation.”
He couldn’t get to the shop for nearly a week because it was under water, and in that time he ran the newsagency from home.
“I was devastated when I opened the shop. It hit me so hard,” he said. “I’m not holding my breath about getting insurance.
“It’s going to cost us a fortune but I think we’ll go back in.”
Mr Boyland says his phone number is the same as before (3281 1583) and customers can settle accounts at Winston Glades.