Baffle Creek locals and visitors now have a place to sit down with a cool one with mates. Visitor from Cawarral Larry Inglis and resident Miguel Santana with bar attendant Tammy Trainer at the Flood Inn.
Baffle Creek locals and visitors now have a place to sit down with a cool one with mates. Visitor from Cawarral Larry Inglis and resident Miguel Santana with bar attendant Tammy Trainer at the Flood Inn. Cheryl Wickes

The Baffle Creek community make do with what they have

BAFFLE Creek was one of the hardest hit areas in the 2013 floods and the devastation is still evident 12 months on.

However it is the determination of residents to bounce back that is even more obvious.

Baffle Creek Tavern was always the social hub for this widely spread small community.

Three years ago one metre of flood water flowed through the Tavern, forcing its closure for the next two years, until it was refurbished and finally reopened in December 2012.

Just five weeks later the Tavern was inundated yet again, this time to a level not seen in 100 years.

Now it lies empty.

With nowhere for locals and visitors to enjoy a meal or have a drink, lessee Mick Rose created the Flood Inn bar in the Tavern's bottle shop.

Situated on higher ground, the bottle shop had re-opened after a big clean-up following the floodwaters which flowed through the premises.

At last there was a place for the community to gather and enjoy a quiet drink.

Next door, Cheryl Charles has opened the Wreck Rock Cafe, offering light meals to eat in or take away.

Cheryl had recognised the need for tourists and locals alike to have a place to eat.

The cafe has also created employment for her daughter, Michaleigh.

It has been 12 months, a difficult time for everyone affected by the floods… but the Baffle Creek community is resilient.

They have seen it all before, and expect the floodwaters will return again in the future, but for now they are making do.



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