Stacy Keep with husband Matthew Keep after Pauline Lesley Magner’s funeral in Gatton. Stacy’s mother is still missing.
Stacy Keep with husband Matthew Keep after Pauline Lesley Magner’s funeral in Gatton. Stacy’s mother is still missing.

Playground memorial for victim

A LOCKYER Valley mum who had her 23-month-old daughter ripped from her arms during horrific flash floods has a dream of building a playground in her honour.

Grantham parents Stacy and Matthew Keep had their lives thrown into turmoil when on January 10 a torrent of water tore through their dream home.

Like dozens of other families in the close-knit community, the Keep family lost everything they own.

Mr and Mrs Keep also lost their mothers, Dawn Radke and Pauline Magner and had the heart-wrenching task of burying the youngest of their three children, Jessica.

The Keep family, along with hundreds of residents in the town, now have the difficult task of rebuilding their lives and a town they called home.

Mrs Keep, pregnant with their fourth child, a daughter, said they were a “strong family” who would support each other through the recent tragedy.

One of her plans is to put some of the cash donations made by the community into rebuilding a public playground to replace the one that was ruined in the disaster.

Lockyer Valley resident Caroline Bexton, along with hundreds of other residents, supports the idea.

“The playground would be a lovely memorial,” Ms Bexton said.

“My kids are gobsmacked by the slide on the side of the road. From a child’s perspective this was probably one of their favourite spots. It would be nice to have them smiling and laughing again.”

If you would like to help the people of Grantham, visit www.granthamfloodsupport.com.

You can also donate to Grantham Flood Support via this bank account – Account name: Grantham Flood Support, BSB: 638-010, Account number: 1233 3360, Reference: Your Surname.

It is important you send an email to payments@grantham-floodsupport.com.au advising of your payment so Grantham Flood Support can keep accurate records.



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