There are all creatures great and small to be found at the Rockhampton Showgrounds, seeking refuge from floodwaters, like Shadow and his owner Marty Hayward from Pink Lilly.
There are all creatures great and small to be found at the Rockhampton Showgrounds, seeking refuge from floodwaters, like Shadow and his owner Marty Hayward from Pink Lilly. Sharyn Oneill Rokani-S

Showgrounds set up pet shelter

WHEN Marty Hayward heard the floodwaters were coming, he packed his family into his truck and headed into town.

For the Pink Lily farmer this included 11 horses, five dogs, chooks and some cattle.

Marty has spent the past seven days sleeping in his truck parked at the Rockhampton Showgrounds as he keeps watch over his menagerie.

And he is not alone.

The Rockhampton Showgrounds was set up by Rockhampton Regional Council to temporarily shelter animals from low-lying areas and now resembles something akin to Noah’s Ark – housing lots of horses, cattle, dogs, cats, chooks, goats and even a donkey.

Marty and wife Michelle said there were plenty of people doing it tough, but they were lucky to also have family in Rockhampton to help them.

While they were prepared and brought in plenty of supplies with them they described how others had to head down to the river to pick grass to feed their animals already.

Marty was grateful to have somewhere safe to say while they wait for the flood water to recede.

While these grounds are now full anyone still needing to relocate animals can call the Disaster Coordination Centre on 1300 652 659.



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