Debra and David Buttner, of Skateaway Bundamba, were devastated by the damage done to the rink.
Debra and David Buttner, of Skateaway Bundamba, were devastated by the damage done to the rink.

Vow for skating rink to reopen

THE iconic skate rink at Bundamba was yet another victim of the torrent of water that swept through the city.

Owners Deb and David Buttner were at their home at Chubb Street, One Mile, on Tuesday when the water began rising fast.

“We were watching the water come up and we thought we'd be fine,” Mrs Buttner said.

“It came across from the baseball fields and it hit us.

“We grabbed family photographs and my child and a couple of things.”

Mrs Buttner said an army truck arrived and the driver helped them grab a handful of possessions.

“By the time we did that the water was halfway up the door of the car and we had to get out,” she said.

After they returned to their home, they discovered a metre of water had flooded through, destroying almost everything they owned and covering it with a layer of mud.

The heart-broken family then suffered a further blow when they went to the 31-year-old Bundamba Skateaway to discover it had been wrecked.

Among the damage, the carpet and DJ equipment need to be replaced, the skating rink may be damaged and large fridges were tossed around.

With no power it was difficult to examine the full extent of the damage or start cleaning.

“It's completely destroyed,” Mrs Buttner said. “It's just devastating. The biggest problem is because we can't trade.”

Mrs Buttner said it would cost $50,000 to $60,000 to fix the skating rink surface if that was damaged.

But the family is stoically refusing to be beaten by the flood, vowing to reopen the skating rink.

Tragically, someone took advantage of the devastation and broke into their home.

“The place is such a mess,” he said.

The couple, who have been strong supporters of The Queensland Times Adopt-a-Family appeal, now need a little help.

Mr and Mrs Buttner are looking for painters, carpenters and any other help that people can offer to restore the skate rink.

They spent some time at an evacuation centre and hope to move into a rental property.

Mr Buttner said he was also overwhelmed by the support they had received from the roller derby community.

Anyone who can help please call The Queensland Times on 38171738 and we will put you in contact with the family.



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