Burrum Heads fishing classic still on after tornado

AFTER a tornado ripped through Burrum Heads when ex-tropical cyclone Oswald hit the Fraser Coast region on Australia Day, the community was left in disarray.

With dozens of homes damaged and the trail of destruction visible throughout the area, Burrum Heads Easter Fishing Classic organiser Brad Dyson was left feeling unsure if the event would go ahead this year.

But thanks to a fantastic clean-up effort from the community, the decision was made to continue with the annual Easter Classic.

Brad is hoping the event will bring fun, joy and laughter back to Burrum Heads, to help bring normality back after the trauma that people have had to live through.

While his home was spared, many properties belonging to close friends were not.

"This year the focus is on the community," he said.

"It's on bringing the community back together."

The Easter Classic will be held from March 29 to 31.

It will be held at Burrum Heads Lions Park, which was hit hard by the tornado.

After seeing the damage done to the park, the organisers knew discussions had to be held to decide whether the Easter Classic would go ahead.

"In the very early stages after the tornado hit, considering the destruction and the damage, we had to seriously consider the issues of safety and viability," Brad said.

"The community rallied around the clean-up effort."

Brad said one of the main reasons the organisers had decided to go ahead was to restore a sense of normality to the community after the disaster.

"We live in a great place with a lot to look forward to," he said.