Future bright for Grantham family

GRANTHAM RESIDENTS SEAN, Teresa,Lachlan, Jessica and Michael Hook are looking forward to a new start on their block at the new development on higher ground.
GRANTHAM RESIDENTS SEAN, Teresa,Lachlan, Jessica and Michael Hook are looking forward to a new start on their block at the new development on higher ground.

A GRANTHAM family is looking to the future confidently as they plan to rebuild their home on their new block in the Grantham Futures estate.

Sean and Teresa Hook were allocated their first preference in the land swap ballot this week and will inspect their block on Wednesday.

Mr Hook said his family was keen to move forward on the new block.

“We are looking at rebuilding, so it will be a brand new brick home and the beauty is we are at the stage where we are designing our house for us and our own tastes,” he said.

The Hooks’ two-storey house, located on the creek in William Street, Grantham, was surrounded by an ocean of floodwater on January 10, with water reaching up to the window sills of the second story.

“We had the kids up on the bunk beds with the curtains drawn so they couldn’t see too much outside and waited the whole thing out for eight hours,” he said.

“We couldn’t really get on the roof, because there is nothing to put your feet up on.

“We saw the houses across the road being washed away and there was a truck over near the pub with the hazard lights on and we thought that might be emergency services but it turned out it wasn’t.

“We were rescued by the swift crew at about 11pm after watching the water go down step by step.”

After the flood, the Hooks decided they didn’t want to live in William Street again.

“I am very happy with the land swap and how the council has done things,” he said.

“As it is at the moment, with our planning for the new house we are looking at having the house done in February; that seems like best case scenario.

“We are looking forward to getting back to the stage where we are enjoying our things in our own house, but those things are replaceable. It’s human life that is the most important thing.

“For us it will be a new beginning and has given us new direction.”

Lockyer Valley Regional Mayor Steve Jones said every person who applied for a new block had received their first, second or third preference.

“The message I’m getting back is very positive,” Cr Jones said.

Council expected to see building for the new homes commence by the end of September with residents able to move in by Christmas.

The results of the ballot is one of the first steps to bringing the Grantham Community Plan to reality, with a community centre, memorial parklands and marketplace expected to be next on the agenda.

Topics:  floods grantham land swap

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