Amber Winsor at the Karana Downs flood recovery party on Saturday afternoon.
Amber Winsor at the Karana Downs flood recovery party on Saturday afternoon. Sarah Harvey

Flood recovery party a hit

IT was a day which aimed to do the seemingly impossible... help people forget about the Ipswich floods and let their hair down.

On Saturday, a couple of thousand people danced their cares away at the Karana Downs Country Club as part of a locally organised flood recovery party.

The party was co-ordinated by Karalee resident Roger Murfet, who saw his home of eight years go under.

Mr Murfet said after all that everyone had been through in January, the day had aimed to help people take their minds off their problems.

“On the night I didn’t speak to anyone about what I or they had been through,” Mr Murfet said.

“I felt it was more a day for recovery, rather than looking back.

“It is what we all need to do ... go forward.”

Among those attending was Fernvale couple Myrene and Mark Tome.

Mrs Tome said they were living in a caravan on their property, with everything in their home having to be replaced after water came three-quarters of the way up their walls.

But despite their situation, the 59-year-old remained positive.

“A lot of people are worse off than us, we at least have insurance,” she said.

“Our next door neighbour’s home is in the same state as ours and they have none.”

She said the party had represented the opportunity to take a welcome break.

“It was the chance to get away from everything,” Mrs Tome said.

“Everything in the house is dirty. There is just stuff everywhere.”



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