Holiday accommodation furniture given to flood-hit families
NEWLY elected Discovery Coast Tourism and Commerce Inc President Tony Davies has made an immediate impact, with local charities the first to benefit.
With major refurbishments going on at his three holiday properties, Mr Davies came up with the idea of donating the used furniture to the people hit in the recent floods in Baffle Creek.
Mr Davies manages three properties in Agnes Water/Seventeen Seventy - Sandcastles Resort and Motel, Edge on Beaches apartments and the 1770 Backpackers accommodation.
Along with other owners Mr Davies said Sandcastles and then Edge on Beaches needed freshening up, leaving much of the current gear to be sold off or dumped.
Instead, he suggested it be donated to those devastated by the Australia Day floods.
"We've already donated all the furniture from eight three-bedroom beach homes to the Baptist Church and the people of Baffle Creek," Mr Davies said.
"There are about 16 more to go and then 20 to 30 units at Edge on Beaches. After Baffle Creek we will then send some down to the flood-affected in Bundaberg."
Mr Davies recently moved to Agnes Water with his partner Jody Pascall after four years at Sails Motel in Gladstone, and between them they have taken over the three properties.
"We had been coming down for a couple of years and just fell in love with the place," Mr Davies said.
"We've invested heavily here and will be staying - it's just beautiful."
Mr Davies said he was working with other businesses to improve the tourism dollar.
"The businesses need to work together to make this place a destination again for domestic and international visitors," he said.
"It is such a beautiful place - we just have to get the message out there."