HAIL DAMAGE: Libby Leu from Taabinga Station assessing the damage of the heritage listed dairy.
HAIL DAMAGE: Libby Leu from Taabinga Station assessing the damage of the heritage listed dairy. Claudia Williams

Heritage listed buildings damaged by hail

HERITAGE listed buildings at Taabinga Station have sustained hail damage as a result of Thursday afternoon's storm.

The bricks and the roofing of the old dairy building dating back to the 19th century has been damaged and windows at the seven heritage listed houses on the property have been smashed by the hail.

The family have just finished the recovery effort from last years storm season and fourth generation farmer, Hannah Leu, said it is disappointing to have damage to their buildings once again.

"I am 28 and I have never seen anything like this before," she said.

"It is disappointing to see something that is so old have such damage.

"You could see the storm roll in from the Bunyas and it all happened really quickly. I don't think anyone excepted it.

"The hardest thing is that we had the Boxing Day storm and a significant amount of damage then and when you start to recover it all happens again."

Ahead of summer the family made their property storm season ready and Libby Leu, Hannah's aunt, said she is thankful they did because the damage could could have been a lot worse.

"We took precautionary measures and had tree loppers in," she said

"We got the big gums close to building chopped down and I think if we hadn't we would been in a lot worse trouble."

As a cattle station the family is thankful that they have lost no stock from the storm.

"The cattle are a little shaken up and the calves got a bit of a fright but we had no stock lost," Hannah said.

The property is still without water and power and while their property has been affected Hannah knows there are many others in the community that are worse off and is thankful for the support they have received.

"People from the South Burnett often put others before themselves," she said.

"I have had a number calls from people locally and from Brisbane to see how we are. The news coverage was wide spread so they see Kingaroy and want to check how we are."

There is also a small vineyard on the property and Miss Leu said it is disappointing they will not be able to bottle wine this year as a result of losing all the fruit in the storm.

"It is something we provide locally to restaurants and events so it is a shame we will have a gap in our production," she said.

 

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