Grantham moves on after disaster
THE owner of the first house to move to the new Grantham estate, Bill Jones, sees the shift as symbol for the people of Grantham to move on, literally.
"The hardest thing to do is move on," Mr Jones said.
"I feel for the people who lost family and we learn how to cope with it, but people down there can now see a house on the estate and see something happening."
Mr Jones was speaking at the site where his home was shifted from Railway St in Grantham to a new 4000sq m block at Lot 48 in the new Strengthening Grantham estate.
The new estate referred to as 'the hill' by Grantham residents has developed quickly after the disastrous days of January with the input of many people in the community to see it come to fruition.
Lockyer Valley Regional Council (LVRC) Mayor, Steve Jones, said the first house moved will be a cornerstone for the rest of the estate's development.
"All along we've wanted people to be able to live in a safe environment where they know when it rains there is no chance they can be flooded," Cr Jones said.
"That's what residents want and that's what this estate provides."
Cr Jones said with the relocation of the house, the people in Grantham will now see it is possible to move from the bottom of 'the hill'.
"Services can be connected quickly and people can move straight in," Cr Jones said.
The official launch of the development will take place on December 10, with families taking part in the swap invited to a family fun day, including attendance by a host of dignitaries.
The LVRC said it is still in the preliminary planning stages for the land it now owns in the flood zone, but the most likely uses will include parklands, community market gardens and farming.