Camp Kanga welcomes first school visit since Cyclone Debbie
MORE than 14 months on from Cyclone Debbie, Camp Kanga at Lake Proserpine welcomed its first campers this week.
More than 130 Year 7 Proserpine State High School students packed their sleeping bags, toothbrushes and insect repellent and headed west to the camp yesterday.
Operated by the Proserpine Lions Club, many of the dongas were badly damaged by the Category 4 storm which swept through the Whitsundays last year.
Newly installed camp managers and Lions members, Diane and Gordon Bailey welcomed students to the camp and both said it was a huge milestone in providing school children across the central Queensland region with somewhere to go for camp-outs.
"It's really exciting news and even more so because they were Proserpine kids,” Ms Bailey said.
"We have still got a little way to go and have a couple more dongas to arrive but they have been ordered.
"But that was not going to stop us opening this week.”
Mr and Ms Bailey have only been on the job for a few weeks but have a long history of serving the community from their Mackay Lions Club and will now sign up to the local chapter.