Ready to revive the Baffle Creek Raft Race (L-R) Vicki Stringfellow, Sabine Holt, Mandela Symons, 2, John Hughes, Sunirmalya Symons, Ruth Gledhill, Jean Osanz and dog Kismet. Photo Tom Huntley / The Observer
Ready to revive the Baffle Creek Raft Race (L-R) Vicki Stringfellow, Sabine Holt, Mandela Symons, 2, John Hughes, Sunirmalya Symons, Ruth Gledhill, Jean Osanz and dog Kismet. Photo Tom Huntley / The Observer Tom Huntley GLARAFT

Baffle Creek refloats spirit after devastating floods

MEMBERS of a fractured community are slowly trying to recreate their compassionate and friendly town, just as it was before this year's floods.

The Baffle Creek community is slowly putting the pieces back together following the devastation caused by the January floods.

Sunirmalya Symons said he and other volunteers wanted people to know how much they still loved Baffle Creek.

"There's a lot of sadness and depression around," Mr Symons said.

"People are reluctant to stay here because of the fear that the floods will happen again."

Mr Symons and other volunteers are working on holding the coveted 25-year-old Baffle Creek Raft Race again this year.

It was last held in 2010 at the Baffle Creek Tavern.

After the 2011 floods, major reconstruction started on the tavern which was badly damaged.

The tavern re-opened in December 2012, before being destroyed in the floods early this year.

"In the month it opened it was great," Mr Symons said.

"I felt proud to ask friends to come down to the tavern for a beer.

"It gave everyone a good feeling about the future of Baffle Creek."

This year community members from Baffle Creek, Gladstone, Agnes Water and Bundaberg are working together to coordinate this year's Baffle Creek Raft Race, to be held at Flat Rock Grounds.

"The event is here to stay," Mr Symons said.

"We want people to feel wanted in the community and to be proud of this area."

The raft race will be held on Sunday, June 9 and will raise money for flood victims.

Although it may not be as big as the 2010 event, Mr Symons hopes it will bring the whole community together.

Prior to the event, volunteers are wanted to help rehabilitate Flat Rock Grounds.

This year's event will include a range of activities for all ages.