Councillor Sandra O’Brien, Gail Carter and Mayor Brad Carter stand with recipients of the second distribution of the Mayoress Regional Charity Flood Recovery Appeal 2011.
Councillor Sandra O’Brien, Gail Carter and Mayor Brad Carter stand with recipients of the second distribution of the Mayoress Regional Charity Flood Recovery Appeal 2011. Chris Ison

Cash helps club in wake of floods

KEVIN Weisse could tell you most things there are to know about the history of Rockhampton's Fitzroy River.

“I saw five ships moored here at one time once,” the Fitzroy Motor Boat Club commodore said as he pointed to the edges of the river.

“That was around the 1960s.”

Commodore for three years at the club, but associated with it for most of his life, Kevin has experienced a lot more on the river than just this year's floods.

But yesterday he was thankful to receive a cheque for $15,000 from the Mayoress Regional Charity Foundation Flood Appeal that will go towards repairs for the club.

January's floods saw the club's whole bottom floor go under.

“Our bottom floor was our storeroom; we moved most of everything out but we got a bit caught out at one stage because there wasn't enough time,” Mr Weisse said.

Kevin and vice-commodore Jim Burgess lost a few things important to the running of their organisation.

“Well we lost our walkway, we haven't found it anywhere since, as well as our work boat which costs around $50,000, but we know where that is,” Jim said.

“It's at the bottom of the Fitzroy, we've spent so much money trying to get divers to get it but it's covered in stones and sand and no one can bring it up,” he said.

Kevin and Jim said the money would go towards a new walkway, another work boat and some more moorings that were swept away as well.

A total of 14 organisations received funding during the second round of the Mayoress Flood Appeal.

The total amount of money donated to the clubs was $229,866.

FLOOD RECIPIENTS

Fitzroy Motor Boat $15,000

Nerimbera Brothers Football Club $1325

Rockhampton Netball Assoc $40,000

Capricorn Country Club $12,654

Peace International Archery $3832.20

Gracemere Sports Club $12,400

Rockhampton Cricket Inc $13,850

Park Avenue Hockey $4580

PCYC Rockhampton $21,390.05

Unit Committee TS $13,000

Wanderers Hockey Club $ 7500

Central Qld Rugby Union $16,720

Balmoral Hack & Pony Club $55,000

Water Ski & Power Boat Club $12,615



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