Couple loses $20,000 jetty to flood - then it's stolen
RETIRED couple Carol and Richard Marsden literally waved their jetty goodbye as it was washed down the river during the January floods.
Then they found it again.
Then someone stole it.
Mrs Marsden said the couple lost the jetty they had had for 30 years in 2010/11 floods.
"We could live with that," Mrs Marsden said.
"It didn't owe us anything."
The couple spent about $20,000 having a new jetty, with stainless steel walkways, installed.
The couple needed the jetty to give them access to the river so they can go canoeing every morning.
"We love to go canoeing early in the morning and see the platypi and the other wildlife," Mrs Marsden said.
But after the flood they thought their jetty was lost until August.
"A friend of ours was canoeing down the river looking for his own jetty when he spotted ours high on the bank," Mrs Marsden said.
The jetty was on Tomato Island, about 10m up in the air on top of a big pile of old logs and driftwood.
Mrs Marsden said as soon as they identified the jetty as theirs they approached the company that had installed it originally to help them restore it to its place.
Preparations continued for most of September to salvage the jetty, but last Thursday it had suddenly disappeared.
"What happened, we think, is that somebody cut a path up the embankment and somehow got it back on the water and towed it away," Mrs Marsden said.
"It would take more than one man and a tinny to do that."
Mrs Marsden said losing their jetty again had been very distressing for the couple.