Sailing group returns home
AFTER more than a year adrift, Sailability Bundaberg has finally returned to its natural home at the Bundaberg Sailing Club.
The not-for-profit organisation, which provides sailing opportunities for people with a disability, was forced to relocate to Burnett Heads not long after the 2013 floods hit and only returned to Bundaberg Sailing Club last week.
Sailability Bundaberg secretary Derek Glanfield said the biggest problem it faced was the destruction of the entire pontoon area from the local sailing club, but it also suffered damage to its equipment.
"What was left of our equipment was relocated to the marina at Burnett Heads and the Blue Water Sports Club provided an area for us to operate from," he said.
Mr Glanfield said he was grateful for the financial support received from the State Government and Wide Bay Australia Bank.
"Our thanks also go to the members of the Bundaberg Sailing Club for their tireless efforts in restoring the pontoon," he said.
Member for Burnett Stephen Bennett said under the Queensland Government's Sport and Recreation Disaster Recovery Programme, it was able to provide Sailability Bundaberg with $12,592 towards helping it replace and repair facilities and equipment.
"Organisations such as Sailability Bundaberg are the backbone of local communities, so I was absolutely delighted to hear they were back on their feet with the help of the funding," he said.
"I acknowledge the work of the Bundaberg Sailing Club, which I was happy to work with to secure funding through the Gladstone Ports Corporation.
"$60,000 went towards rebuilding their marine infrastructure, including pontoons and boat ramps."