Paintball business rebuilds 12 months after cyclone
THE Spartan Paintball business owners have been struck down by not one, but two natural disasters.
But for 2016, owners Erin and Daryl Pratt are rebuilding their business to be better than ever.
Their dirt road access to the site was destroyed by tropical cyclone Marcia 12 months ago.
The safety area was also flattened.
The devastation followed on from the 2013 floods, when they again had to rebuild their business.
"Everyone's noticing in central Queensland that it has taken a while for things to get back to normal.
"For a while it was like people just didn't want to spend their money on things like this.
"But we've made it through all of that," she said.
"We've had to do quite a lot of rebuilding over the years but it just hasn't been the same since the cyclone."
Mrs Pratt said they had plans to expand this year, including revamping their website.
She hopes to create more paintball fields to offer more variety.
"Paintball is all about fitness, having fun and being part of a team."
When they opened eight years ago, she knew little about the sport.
"Darryl was travelling to Mackay every weekend to play paintball and someone said why not just start your own?"
Spartan Paintball at Raglan holds monthly scenario days.
For details visit the Spartan Paintball Facebook page.
Celebrate the resilience of the Mount Larcom Community 12 months on since ex Tropical Cyclone Marcia hit the area.
The Mount Larcom Open Day will be held from 10am - 3pm on Sunday at the Mount Larcom State School.
There will be information stalls, music, local artists and children's games.