Hunt bears witness to CQ flooding disaster

ONLOOKER: Former Central Queensland schoolboy Ben Hunt saw the flooding destruction firsthand. cont
ONLOOKER: Former Central Queensland schoolboy Ben Hunt saw the flooding destruction firsthand. cont

FORMER Dingo schoolboy Ben Hunt went from one flood devastated region at home, to another back at training with the Brisbane Broncos.

Hunt was in Central Queensland spending time with family and friends when the flood disaster struck.

“It was just really wet,” he told Broncos TV. “There was water where you didn’t think it could go.

“The main river going through Rocky was 14 kilometres wide, you can’t really picture it until you see how much water was there.”

Hunt saw the heartache firsthand and said the fallout would affect many, some who have close links to his family.

“There are a lot of people who are in trouble and probably can’t come back from this,” he said.

“I had one mate who I went to high school with, they live out at Baralaba, they lost about 100 head of cattle and water was all through their house – they lost all their cars and most of the machinery on their farm.

“You just can’t picture it. Just to see the water, it was unbelievable.

“The last four days I was up there it was sunny but there was water everywhere, it’s amazing.”

Broncos teammate Andrew McCullough also had his hometown Dalby ravaged by floods in recent weeks.

McCullough visited the Central Highlands toward the end of last year together with Jharal Yow Yeh as guest speakers at an end-of-season junior football function.

He said visiting his birthplace for the Christmas holidays in times of extreme duress was a tough undertaking.

“It was good to get back there but it would have been better to go back under different circumstances.

“This is the worst I’ve ever seen it. Most of the time when I was growing up it was dry so it’s nothing like it is there at the moment. My aunty and uncle are right on the river, so they’ve been having a bit of trouble. People are probably coping okay considering how bad it actually is; there is just nothing we can really do.”

Summer signing

BLACKWATER Crushers are on the verge of signing former CQ Comet Aaron Summers for the 2011 season.

Summers, who also had stints in the English Super League, finished last season with the Sunshine Coast Sea Eagles and is now looking to Central Queensland to continue his league career.

“I’m keen to get back to playing some good, fun footy,” he said.

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