Charity run sees flood damage
THERE was a serious side to the sight of more than 50 high-powered motorcycles and muscle cars roaring their way through the Lockyer Valley and up the Toowoomba range at the weekend.
The inaugural Lockyer Valley Charity Run aimed to show first-hand the devastation caused by the floods, while also raising $1500 for the recovery process.
Organiser Ian Forsyth said he hoped the event would be held again in 2012 as it would take years for the area to be rebuilt.
“I live out here myself in Brightview, so I can see the damage that has been done,” Mr Forsyth said.
“Up until recently there were a lot of fundraisers for Ipswich, Brisbane and Toowoomba, but not much for the Lockyer Valley, so I thought I would see what I could do.”
In just two weeks, Mr Forsyth managed to attract 54 motorcycle and car enthusiasts, with publicans in Plainland, Murphy’s Creek, Gatton and Mulgowie donating part of their takings to the appeal.
Among what was mainly Harley Davidsons was an original ’69 Mustang and an SLR 5000 Torana.
The convoy started from the Plainland about 9.30am, winding its way up to Murphy’s Creek, then up to Toowoomba, down to Gatton, and then on to Mulgowie, where the night finished off at the local watering hole.
“That area is usually very scenic to ride through, but now it is very disheartening to see the damage the floods have done,” Mr Forsyth said.
“What used to be little creeks are now gorges; streams have become like the Grand Canyon.
“It really opens your eyes up, and that’s why I took the ride out there, because it’s not the same just watching it on television.”
Mulgowie publican Roy Emmerson took part in the ride.
He said despite the devastation in the Lockyer Valley, there was a good mood among the riders.