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Tallebudgera Creek - Day 10 - the clean up begins

Tuesday 7 May 2016

A beautiful sunny day on the Gold Coast today if a bit cool this morning - forecast was 9 to 22 degrees.

We were woken at about 7:00 am by the arrival of a large truck carrying a Bobcat to begin the clean-up along the waterfront sites. Obviously we were not going to get any more sleep so no choice but to get up for breakfast and watch the action.

It is amazing what a skilled operator in a Bobcat can achieve - he worked alone and had to make several trips to get rid of the rubbish. He spent most of the day cleaning up the foreshore, but we still need to see a bit of manual labour to rake the area and remove the smaller stuff.

Late in the morning we had a call from Brendan and Lyn to move our lunch engagement forward by a day. We met up with them at what used to be The Burleigh Bluff Cafe, now known as the Forty Two 20 Cafe, opposite the Burleigh Surf Club. We had an excellent lunch and caught up with their news and plans for their first big trip in their new caravan. They are planning to meet up with Chappy and Lee near the Flinders Ranges, and then head to Birdsville via the Birdsville Track for the races in early September.

Later in the day I spoke to Chappy who is booked on the Spirit of Tasmania for Saturday this week. Two sailings have now been cancelled out of Devonport because the Port Authorities have closed the Port for all commercial vessels because of the floods in the Mersey River. The river is full of logs, dead cows and sheep, and if that wasn't bad enough the Devonport Yacht Club marina with all of the boats was washed down the river past the ferry terminal. Authorities are hoping to re-schedule sailings out of either Burnie or Bell Bay. Here's hoping they get away without too much trouble, we have our fingers crossed.

Passengers on cancelled sailings are having their fares refunded, and are being offered free sailings at the first opportunity. At least the fare refund would help compensate for unscheduled accommodation arrangements. Well done TT-Line!

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Bobcat arrived on a 10 tonne truck ready to go at about 7:00 am.

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Rubbish in front of our site to be cleaned up.

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Bobcat working in front of site 12.

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Amazing machines in the hands of a good operator.

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The pile of rubbish collected in front of our site.

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Working at the other end of the waterfront sites.

Posted by TwoAces 18:05

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