HELPING OUT: Rockhampton Heavy Towing helps get the generator from Bundaberg to Koorana Crocodile Farm.
HELPING OUT: Rockhampton Heavy Towing helps get the generator from Bundaberg to Koorana Crocodile Farm. Contributed

Generator mission to rescue croc farm thanks to Marcia

RETIRED businessmen in Gladstone and Bundaberg rallied to help Koorana Crocodile Farm, 30km east of Rockhampton, when it was left without power after 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, with the help of Rockhampton Heavy Towing, 24 hours to get a $20,000 three-phase generator from Bundaberg to the farm.

The seven tonne, 7m unit had been sitting at Mr Olsen's property.

When the retired businessman 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," Mr Olsen said of the generator.

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

"We got it up there within 24 hours."

Mr Klease said natural disasters and other events outside of people's control could ruin good people in small business and you should help out wherever you could.

"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," he said.