Stores open for business after floods
MARY St was open to traffic yesterday and some of the businesses in the path of the flood had opened their doors.
Billy's will still be cleaning up and refurbishing this weekend, but The Royal plans to open its bar and lounge tonight, and to put on some entertainment.
The kitchen won't be open until next week.
Toyworld, Pedal Power, Bellygood and the Bank of Queensland were all open yesterday, and the Sewing Centre will open by Monday.
Fashion store Chic hopes to be open sometime next week, as does Mamas and Papas.
Gympie Chamber of Commerce president Ben Ellingsen said yesterday the flood had taken its toll on many in the Gympie business community.
Each business affected has its own "story to tell", he said.
From a chamber point of view, this flood saw the first application of the new interactive flood plan.
"It's important that we all learn from the experience of each other, and so for this reason the chamber will be hosting a free breakfast next Wednesday, February 6.
"An invitation is open to all business people impacted by the floods.
"We want your feedback.
"What did work and what didn't work, and perhaps what might work in the future."
The breakfast will be held in the Orchid Room of the Gympie RSL at 7am for a 7.30am start.
Bookings are essential and space will be limited. RSVP to email@example.com by 5pm, Monday, February 4.
Inquiries phone Mr Ellingsen on 5370 2229 or 0415 414 034.
Farmers and rural communities dependent on agriculture are seeking an escalation of disaster assistance from the federal and state governments in high impact areas, the Queensland Farmers' Federation said yesterday.
"Rural industries welcome the swift activation of Category B assistance, which provides freight subsidies and concessional loans for primary producers and small businesses," QFF chief executive officer Dan Galligan said.
"However, it is now very clear that a further escalation of disaster assistance is needed to help communities clean up and recover from this massive flooding event.
"The loss from these floods is devastating for many farmers, and further assistance is needed."