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Strangers find kindness in Bororen during floods

Helping hands for the flood victims, (left) Taylah Willis, Malcom Willis, Wayne Smith, Georgia Keys, Kerri Pedwell, Kim Smith at the Bororen Hall.
Helping hands for the flood victims, (left) Taylah Willis, Malcom Willis, Wayne Smith, Georgia Keys, Kerri Pedwell, Kim Smith at the Bororen Hall. Brenda Strong

Full transcript of the letter sent by Gail and Charlie Farran from the Sunshine Coast

COMMUNITY spirit and involvement certainly shone through the devastation of the receding floods as a result of ex-cyclone Oswald.

Angeline and Geoff Beikoff stopped by at Bororen when they discovered the Miriam Vale road closures.

The couple were travelling from Mackay to Brisbane over Australia Day weekend.

What they didn't expect was the kindness and generosity they were to experience from some of the Bororen residents.

"One thing we will not forget is the beyond-expectation of kindness and hospitality that the locals extended to us and others sitting out the closures," Mrs Beikoff said.

Some Bororen residents opened the town hall for the use of stranded locals and travellers, in need of shelter, food and drinks.

"My husband and I were sitting on our veranda Sunday, January 27 discussing how we could help out," Kim Smith, Bororen resident said.

"He suggested opening up the town hall and offering food and drinks."

They offered free meals and coffee and tea from 8am- 8.30pm from Sunday through until Wednesday.

"We had about 30-40 people most nights," she said.

A number of local cafes and businesses assisted by offering tea, coffee, accommodation and general support.

"It's the sort of thing which shouldn't go unnoticed," Mrs Beikoff continued.

The couple were overwhelmed with what the town had organised, as were all of the other stranded travellers and residents who experienced this act of kindness.

Helping hands for the flood victims, (left) Taylah Willis, Malcom Willis, Wayne Smith, Georgia Keys, Kerri Pedwell, Kim Smith at the Bororen Hall.
Helping hands for the flood victims, (left) Taylah Willis, Malcom Willis, Wayne Smith, Georgia Keys, Kerri Pedwell, Kim Smith at the Bororen Hall. Brenda Strong

 

Full transcript of the letter sent by Gail and Charlie Farran from the Sunshine Coast

During the recent tracking of ex cyclone Oswald down the east coast of Australia we found ourselves stranded in the roadside stop at Bororen for several days. In difficult and frustrating circumstances for one and all we look back on this experience as positive. It showed the true spirit of rural Australia and how when times are tough rural Australia is one of the best places on earth to be. We both grew up in small country towns and it was wonderful to see that the same country spirit survives today.

We cannot thank the people of Bororen enough for their hospitality, friendliness and courtesy extended to ourselves and our fellow flood campers. Among those was Mrs Smith, her family and friends who fed us each day; the businesses of the town who donated food; the people who rallied around baking delicious biscuits and cakes to support her; Kev and June who ensured the facilities were clean and stocked with toilet paper and who ensured that everybody was okay; the local council who kept the bins emptied and supported twice daily cleaning of facilities; the Workers Camp who allowed us to use their shower facilities; the local businesses and townspeople who all showed us friendliness and offered help if required. Those stranded included backpackers, families, workers and truckies. With the support of the town we were all able to pull together and help each other to maintain a cheerful and positive disposition. Washday at the Bororen roadside stop was a comical site with all manner of clothing and linen hanging on and over every tree, post and rail.

The whole group were so lucky to have landed in this small town and are richer for the experience. Our heart goes out to the family from north Bundaberg and we pray they found their property reasonably liveable. Those from overseas will take back a very different (positive) experience to most with a greater understanding of rural Australian life rather than just Sydney and the Great Barrier Reef. Thank you everybody in Bororen from the bottom of our hearts.
 

Topics:  bororen, floods, miriam vale, oswald, road closure



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