Flood helpers recognised by council as community champions
THE efforts of three men who waded through rising floodwater to help pull stranded caravans to safety were recognised at the Fraser Coast Regional Council meeting on Wednesday.
The three, father and son Peter and Daniel Shaw and teacher Robert Taylor, helped rescue caravans and a tractor from rising floodwaters on the Australia Day weekend this year.
They were presented with Community Champion Awards by the council.
The Shaws, who operate the Katu earthmoving business at Tinana, used their 12-tonne excavator to help tow the caravans and tractor out of the path of the rising floodwaters at the Wallace Caravan Park near the Lamington Bridge.
"The Shaw's answered the call for help in the afternoon and stayed well into the night to pull three caravans and a tractor to dry ground in the streets surrounding the caravan park," councillor Daniel Sanderson said.
"The park's tractor had broken down in the floodwaters, so without their help the vans and tractor would have been lost.
"They were joined by Robert Taylor, a teacher at Glendyne Education and Training Centre.
"Robert saw there was a need and just volunteered to help out.
"During the rescue operation they were often knee-deep or up to their waste in water and constantly wet and they stayed until they could do no more to help out.
"It was not an easy job pulling the vans out on a chain."
At 10.70m, the January flood was the biggest since 1974 (10.95m) but still below the 1955 peak of 12.3m.
"Council sincerely thanks everyone who helped out during the flood," Cr Sanderson said.
"Hundreds of people stepped up to help out. It was sensational."