DAMAGES CLAIM: The owner of Weeroona Hotel Motel at Goodna, Tony Prentice, will go to a meeting next week for flood class-action registrants.
DAMAGES CLAIM: The owner of Weeroona Hotel Motel at Goodna, Tony Prentice, will go to a meeting next week for flood class-action registrants. Sarah Harvey

Flood victims set to hear the latest on legal action

FLOOD victims will be able to hear the latest updates on the class action against the Queensland Government at a public meeting in Ipswich next week.

Flood class action litigators Maurice Blackburn Lawyers will update victims from the 2011 flood on the legal case as the February 28 deadline for joining edges closer.

The meetings will be hosted by Maurice Blackburn principal Damian Scattini and Bentham IMF's John Walker and Andrew Charles at the Metro International Hotel, South St, from 7pm.

Among the victims will be Tony Prentice, owner of the Weeroona Hotel in Goodna which was completely inundated by Brisbane River flood waters.

He hopes the meeting will give some indication of the timeframe litigators expect the class action to take.

Mr Prentice was unable to get flood insurance because the pub flooded in the 1974 flood.

Like many flood victims, he hopes the class action will deliver the financial compensation they have been seeking since rebuilding their lives.

Although a makeshift bar and drive-through was operating two weeks after flood waters receded, it took two years and $1.5 million to repair the hotel.

Mr Prentice said he joined the class action because he believed the flood water should not have reached his property.

"I'm looking forward to the meeting. I believe the floods should never have happened," he said.

He bought the pub in 1996 after recalling a conversation with former Queensland Premier Joh Bjelke-Petersen after the '74 flood, who assured him Wivenhoe Dam would prevent a flood of that size occurring again.

"It's a pretty hard ask when you're not covered by insurance," he said.

"The biggest problem is being able to survive with your cash flow, but everywhere we turned we had support."

A legal spokesperson said the meeting would play an important role in helping to update registrants on the next steps regarding the class action.

It will also ensure residents and businesses have a final opportunity to meet in person with the legal team. The meeting will be the first since plans for the class action were first announced.



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