Keith and Carol Stewart clean their fence line after the flood
Keith and Carol Stewart clean their fence line after the flood

Caught short in floods

THE Mary River is slowly returning to her lazy self but the fallout from last weekend's surprise floods had not subsided yesterday.

Property owners on the flood plains at Kidd Bridge were busy removing piles of flood debris from fence lines in the waters' path on Wednesday.

Keith and Carol Stewart were hard at it in the mud and beating sun, pulling grass, sticks and huge branches from the fences which surround their 16ha (40 acres) bordering Exhibition Rd.

In the heart of Gympie, a lack of accessibility to public toilets for stranded travellers will be addressed after two young flood victims found themselves caught short late on Saturday night.

Signs will be placed on all public toilets in the central business district after the women became trapped in the city by rising flood waters and unable to find a toilet.

With access to service stations cut and the usually 24/7 McDonalds shut, the girls went looking for a public toilet when nature called.

They were unable to find one in the CBD so they went to the Gympie police station for help, but did not get it.

Gympie Regional mayor Ron Dyne said yesterday public toilet facilities in Nelson Reserve are locked between 6-8pm every night to stop vandals from damaging or destroying them.

But he said the girls would not have been able to access those toilets even if they had been open Saturday night because they were under water.

Public toilets in Memorial Lane are locked every night from 6-8pm for the same reason and toilets at the Gold City Centre in Mary St are shut from 6-8pm. The disabled toilet is open until 10pm.

Cr Dyne said the only toilets that stay open 24-hours a day are in Mellor St, near the Gympie library.

The male toilet is located across the road from the library and the female toilet is on the side of the council's youth and community development building in Mellor St.

In the wake of the young women's unpleasant experience Cr Dyne has asked that signs be placed on all CBD public toilets listing closing times and directing toilet traffic to the facilities in Mellor St.

Gympie Times


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