Baffle Creek Boat Club members are raring to go in the annual raft race.
Baffle Creek Boat Club members are raring to go in the annual raft race. Luka Kauzlaric

Rafting down the Baffle will raise funds for community

MORE than a year on, the Baffle Creek community is still recovering from the January 2013 flood and its severe impact.

But that has not stopped community members banding together to raise money to rebuild their little town.

The REMAX Baffle Creek Raft Race, organised by the local boat club, will see hundreds flock to the Flat Rock boat ramp to battle it out to the finish line.

Baffle Creek Boat Club member Ruth Gledhill said it was an opportunity for the community to come together.

"People around here are still suffering from the floods," she said.

"Just because the rivers have gone down, it doesn't mean people are over it.

"They are still traumatised and every time it rains people get worried."

The event features a kayak and canoe race, and women's and men's divisions raft races, including one race where participants build their own raft.

Last year they raised about $6000 and Ms Gledhill said she hoped to make the same amount this year.

The money will go towards rebuilding parts of the community damaged by the flood.

"We're going to be working on refurbishing the Flat Rock picnic area and build our own funds for the club for insurance to hold more events," Ms Gledhill said.

"Our main problem is the beach area which was washed away from the floods and pretty much every high tide."

THE EVENT:

The REMAX Baffle Creek Raft Race is on Sunday.

There are women's and men's divisions for the designed and built raft race.

The Dogs Breakfast Raft Race is a popular event - with a pool of equipment being used by entrants to construct their own raft.

Visit http://www.bafflecreekraftrace.org.au for more details.