Tony McMahon tends to a wound on one of his horses, Craiglea Convict, which was injured when flash floods several metres high swept through his Stanwell property.
Tony McMahon tends to a wound on one of his horses, Craiglea Convict, which was injured when flash floods several metres high swept through his Stanwell property. Chris Ison

Tony McMahon loses it all in Stanwell flood

MORE than 40 years of work in the horse industry washed away before Tony McMahon's eyes.

It took two days for floodwaters to destroy Tony's livelihood and his Stanwell home after torrential rain battered the region two weeks ago.

Tony is a Morning Bulletin reporter with 43 years horse racing experience under his saddle.

The floodwater killed two of his fillies, found several kilometres away from his house.

About an inch of water seeped into his house, warped furniture and wrecked walls.

"My house has to be gutted," he said.

"Luckily our house is insured, but everything else, including the stables and horse equipment, isn't."

 

Debris covers the fences and hangs some 8 feet in trees on Tony McMahon's Stanwell property as he takes his horse
Debris covers the fences and hangs some 8 feet in trees on Tony McMahon's Stanwell property as he takes his horse "Phoebe for Me" for a walk. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin Chris Ison

"My wife and I would like to thank those residents who looked after our other horses that were swept away by floodwater. You don't know how much we appreciate it.

 

"The community has done a fantastic job helping each other out ... we have received support from many people around the state."

Although he has served the horse racing industry for many years, he said he was yet to receive a phone call from state entity Queensland Racing.

Fellow Stanwell resident Chris McGarrill, a staunch Rockhampton Bluebirds United Sports Club member and supporter, was also left homeless after floodwater swamped his house.

Sports social club leader Joe Ireland told The Morning Bulletin yesterday Chris has to bunker up in his tool shed.

Now Bluebirds United and the Rockhampton Jockey Club are uniting their forces to fundraise for the two loyal club members.

 

Tony McMahon tends to a wound on one of his horses, Craiglea Convict, which was injured when flash floods several metres high swept through his Stanwell property. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin
Tony McMahon tends to a wound on one of his horses, Craiglea Convict, which was injured when flash floods several metres high swept through his Stanwell property. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin Chris Ison

Next Friday, the clubs are holding an auction at the Bluebird United headquarters in Richardson Rd.

 

Rockhampton Trainers' Association president Jim Rundell urged the public to donate sports memorabilia for the auction. "We are looking to raise at least $10,000 for Tony and Chris," he said.

"So far we have signed national rugby league jerseys from the Broncos and St George being sent to us."

Helping out

What: Auction to raise money for Tony McMahon and Chris McGarril

Where: Bluebirds United Sports Club in Richardson Rd, North Rockhampton

When: Friday, February 15 from 5.30pm onwards

Cost: $30 a ticket.

For more information you can contact Jim Rundle 0429 361 622.



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