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Sladdens stay put to stay dry

Tuesday, 4th January, 2011

Former locals Rosemary and Jason Sladden and their children Ethan and Georgina at the Silver City Art Centre with their niece, Ruby Sladden (left) Former locals Rosemary and Jason Sladden and their children Ethan and Georgina at the Silver City Art Centre with their niece, Ruby Sladden (left)

The floods in Rockhampton have meant one family of ex-locals will be sticking around for a little bit longer.

The Sladdens, who have lived in Rockhampton for more than a decade, come back to the city at the end of December to spend time with their family before going to Adelaide for Christmas.

Just after returning from Adelaide, Rosemary Sladden told the BDT that due to the floods they will spend some more time up at the Meninde lakes fishing and catching up with family in the city.

“Our home is fine,” she said, “It’s just we can’t actually get home.” Jason Sladden, who works as an operator at the Stanwell Power Station 22kms west of Rockhampton, said he will also miss re-starting work tomorrow.

“It’s cut off from Rocky, so everyone in Rocky can’t get to work,” he said. Visitors from Queensland who are staying in Broken Hill until the roads are clear are good for local businesses. 

The Silver City Art Centre’s Chris Anderson said they had seen “heaps” of tourists come through their doors post- Christmas, especially international tourists.

He said at this time of the year Europeans regularly head to the Aussie outback to avoid the cold in their homelands.

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