Tweed Central Hotel owner Tom Butcher is offering rooms to flood victims.
Tweed Central Hotel owner Tom Butcher is offering rooms to flood victims. Craig Sadler

Flood victims get helping hand

TWELVE families from the flood-ravaged community of Grantham will be treated to a timely holiday on the Tweed.

Casuarina resident Linda Pennalligen-Hansen saw a lot of families in need while volunteering in the town.

“A lot of people are still in limbo,” she said.

“Some people are still waiting for insurance companies to come through and some people don't have insurance and don't now have the money to rebuild.

“It's cleaned up a lot but there's a long way to go.”

Ms Pennalligen-Hansen said a relaxing weekend on the Tweed would provide a good respite for a busload of people.

“I've organised for J & B Bus Services in Tweed to donate a bus trip to bring them down and the Gatton Bus Company to bring them home,” she said.

“Now we just need flood victims that want to have a lovely weekend away.

“A lot of people aren't around, they're living elsewhere until they get their houses rebuilt.”

Ms Pennalligen-Hansen called on the Tweed community to adopt Grantham.

“We're looking for people who can donate treats and gifts for the families.

“It only has to be something little, chocolates, wine or food for a barbecue.”

New owners of the Tweed Central Motel, formerly the Fairlight Motor Inn, Tom and Margaret Butcher did not hesitate to offer their support through accommodation.

“We're completely refurbishing this place,” Mr Butcher said.

“We should have about 13 rooms that will be ready and I'd like somebody to enjoy them.”

Mr Butcher said they would be offering the rooms before they open to the public on the Easter week.

“I'm just glad I can help in some way,” he said.

“We've got a pool for the kids and we're in a great central location.”

It is expected the families will visit from April 1 to 3.



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