Property owners don’t have access
IT WAS a very Aussie Australia Day for Gympie teens Mitch Jensen and Jack Cross when they rescued a baby platypus from a flooded road at Mary's Creek on Saturday.
The exhausted monotreme was easy for the young fellows to pick up at the crossing over Mary's Creek. Once it regained some of its strength they let it go near where an adult platypus had been spotted.
Mitch's mum Julie said it was only the second time she had seen a platypus in 25 years living at Mary's Creek.
The residents remained cut off yesterday and were without power since Saturday.
Resident Lesley Groves said it was the highest she had seen Eel Creek in 40 years.
A car left parked near the creek's main crossing had been completely submerged.
Neighbours were already planning yesterday how to jointly tackle the severe erosion up the top end of Mary's Creek, which had left the road untraffickable.
Land owners with their own earth moving equipment - tractor, scoop, grader and dozer - would likely meet today or tomorrow, once the water goes down, and work together to get the road fixed. It's something they do each time a severe weather event strikes.
Other rural property owners are not so lucky.
Blinco Rd residents, near Calico Creek, are unable to get their vehicles in or out of the destroyed road which is not maintained by the Gympie Regional Council, and not likely to get any attention.
Land owner Liza Cameron was left wondering yesterday just what to do, apart from buying a helicopter.