Brisbanes’ Floods. The Destruction of Colleges Crossing

On Wednesday I talked about the impact of the floods on our community. I talked about how everyone of our community’s shops were flooded and the amount of work and time it’s all going to take before they are up and running again.

But our area isn’t just about shops, Australia isn’t just about shops. Australia has many places of great natural beauty, that’s why it’s so good to live here. Any of you who have read my free e-book “20 Reasons Why YOU Should Move to Australia” will know how much I love the parks around here.

Our favourite one is Lion Park. You will have seen images of it in my post called Party in the Park. Like this one….

The Play Area

But today, it’s closed…..

Lion Park - Closed

Lion Park - Closed

Closed, but not as badly damaged as I thought it would be. So hopefully it will be back soon, the children miss it. But before these areas can open again, they all have to be inspected for safety and the soil checked for toxicity. Yes, any area where the river overflowed could cause serious illness.

With the park closed, maybe the kids could go to the local swimming pool. But no, that’s closed too. It went under along with the Sports and Recreation Club, my local drinking hole.

But my greatest sadness is reserved for my favourite local picnic area. Colleges Crossing is just a 10 minutes drive from my house and before the floods it looked like this….

cooking on the Barbeque

Feeding the ducks

The Brisbane RiverWe went there for a picnic on Mother’s Day last year.

Today it looks like this…..

Colleges Crossing The Approach

Colleges Crossing The Approach

Colleges Crossing: The Entrance

Colleges Crossing: The Entrance

Colleges Crossing: The Riverbank

Colleges Crossing: The Riverbank

Colleges Crossing: The Picnic Area

Colleges Crossing: The Picnic Area

Colleges Crossing The Car Park?

Colleges Crossing The Car Park?

No more children’s play areas, no more barbecues, no more gazebos. Colleges Crossing is closed.

It may be some time before we get this little natures gift back.

Colleges Crossing: CLOSED

Colleges Crossing: CLOSED

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