Quick action by duo helps crocodile farm operator

SNAPPY HELP: The boys at Rockhampton Heavy Towing helped move the generator.
SNAPPY HELP: The boys at Rockhampton Heavy Towing helped move the generator. Contributed

RETIRED businessmen in Gladstone and Bundaberg rallied together to help out Koorana Crocodile Farm, 30km east of Rockhampton, which was left without power following Cyclone Marcia.

Farm owner John Lever had to dump an order of crocodile meat that was due to go and $100,000 of skins were in a chill room not being chilled.

It took Gladstone's Greg Klease and Bundaberg's Bart Olsen 24 hours with the help of Rockhampton Heavy Towing to get a $20,000 three-phase generator from Bundaberg to the farm.

The seven tonne, seven metre long unit was sitting at Mr Olsen's house.

When he saw a news report on the farm he knew what he wanted to do.

"I play with heavy equipment. I had a couple of those sitting here," he said of the generator.

"It's a military water purifying unit with enough power to run the (croc) complex.

"We got it up there within 24 hours."

Mr Klease said natural disasters and other events outside of people's control had the possibility to ruin good people in small business.

"If you're in a position to help others that have fallen on hard times through no fault of your own, you should," he said.

"When you see the smile on someone's face that you've done a good turn for, the adrenaline rush you get from it makes you want to do it again."


Topics:  bundaberg crocodile cyclone marcia gladstone wildweather

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