2011 Maryborough Qld floods: Survivors recall the fast-moving/rising waters


Police and SES stand watch over a motorist who’s vehicle stalled in flood waters on Kent Street, Maryborough Qld

THE mud may have washed away, but the scars remain in the hearts of Maryborough residents.

This time six years ago, more than 20 Maryborough businesses were filled with muddy water, and people were stranded in their homes.

The date was January 11, 2011, and Maryborough was experiencing its worst flood since the 1990s.


John Perrins boat washing down the Mary River. Photo: Nat Bromhead / Fraser Coast ChronicleNat Bromhead

Over the next two days, 26 businesses were inundated, with losses totalling $4.5 million with a further $12 million in damages to Fraser Coast Regional Council infrastructure.

Melissa White from Earles Paint Place in Adelaide St said she remembered how quickly her team had to work to move the entire store’s paint supply to higher ground, in a race against rapidly rising waters.

“It was a quick one too as I remember, there wasn’t a lot of warning and I wasn’t able to get in again [after the floor was cleared], I remember I wasn’t able to get into the shop because it was so quick, I was stuck at home,” Ms White said.

“We pulled all the stock up and had it all ready and then we had to pull it all down after that.”


Henry Palmer bridge.Graeme Wilson

“It was worrying yes, it was just lapping the top steps, but it came into the bottom of the store and underneath,” she said.

“We used to have the bottle shop in underneath the back of the shop in 2011, so the bottle shop then was [flooded], it got quite damaged and we had to redo some panels, but we knew it was going to happen, we know we’re in a flood area.”

Ms White said owning a store in a flood-prone area meant inundation was something they always prepared for around this time of year.

“We prepare for it every year anyway but it’s always devastating when it comes through,” she said.


A SES boat bring Granville residents to Maryborough. 

By the second day of the floods, The Pocket in Maryborough was also isolated.

Kevin Cordy has been living in The Pocket for 70 years, and has seen his fair share of Maryborough floods.


Woolworths in Maryboroughwoolworths-in-maryborough-flooded-image-www-frasercoastcentral-com-au in Woolworths in Maryborough flood.

“We had no warning, it came up very quick,” Mr Cordy said.

“On the Friday, January 7 at 6pm, the water was just over the bank a little bit, but by 1am that night it had come up very quick, it came up very close.

“Normally floods come from Gympie and we have two or three days notice, this time it came up very fast, in six hours, and from a lot closer.”

It was around midnight that Mr Cordy heard a knock at his front door; it was his neighbour desperately asking for help to bring in his cattle.

But it was too late.

“I was able to get all of my cattle up in time, but my neighbour actually lost some,” he said.


John Perrins boat washing down the Mary River.

“Some they found, some they found dead, they’ve got room to put them up, but they couldn’t get to that paddock before the water got there first.”

Mr Cordy and other residents in The Pocket were stranded for three days until the water levels fell below the road.

“I’m on a hill, the water comes up and surrounds us, but it’s something we’re always prepared for,” he said.

“I live on a farm and the wife has enough food in our pantry for about for six years, so there was no issue there.

“We just had to sit there and wait for the water to clear.”


The Criterion Hotel, Maryborough looking down Wharf St.in flood

It would be two years later when Maryborough would be hit by a more devastating flood on Australia Day, with water levels reaching more than 10 metres.



More than 60 CBD businesses were hit and $15m in damage caused to council infrastructure.



The council is now working on a multi-million dollar flood levy in the Maryborough CBD to prevent serious future damage, but that will not protect every business or home in the CBD.


Henry Sapiecha

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Ninth Irukandji jelly fish sting on Fraser Island Fraser Coast Queensland Australia

Ninth Irukandji sting on Fraser Island

A SNORKELLER is in hospital after the ninth suspected Irukandji jellyfish sting at Queensland’s Fraser Island in just over a week.

The 19-year-old man was stung on the lip while swimming in Coongul Creek on the western side of the island about 11am on Tuesday.

He was treated at the scene by paramedics before being flown to Bundaberg Base Hospital.

Paramedic Phillip Switzer said the man didn’t see the jellyfish but experienced severe nausea, vomiting and pain within 10 minutes of being stung. The incident is the ninth suspected Irukandji sting at Fraser Island since December 22, with the venomous jellyfish positively identified as being responsible for at least one of the incidents.

Mr Switzer said all nine cases had happened on the western side of the island in its calmer and warmer waters.

“We have no evidence to say they are or are not Irukandji,” Mr Switzer said. “There are certainly jellyfish floating but no one’s actually caught one so we can’t disprove that they’re not Irukandji or a jellyfish in the same family that produced the symptoms of an Irukandji jellyfish.” Eight people were treated at Fraser Island for Irukandji-like symptoms in 2015, Mr Switzer said.

The Irukandji — the world’s smallest jellyfish — is usually found in waters north of Mackay, about 700km further up the coast.

But news.com.au reported this week that the deadly jellyfish are on a southern invasion to warmer waters.

Scientists predict the jellyfish, of which there are at least eight species, will reach the Sunshine Coast within the next two decades.

Victims initially experience severe nausea, followed by multiple bouts of vomiting, pain that normally begins in the back and radiates up the neck to the chest and abdominal cavity, leg pain and cramping.

Mr Switzer said anyone believed to have been stung by one should treat the sting with vinegar and call triple-0.



Henry Sapiecha