Community spirit still in Lennox
AFTER almost 14 months, Vic Faulkner will soon be able to live in his own home again.
The Lennox Head man's house was destroyed after a freak tornado wreaked havoc in the village in June last year.
“I was overseas at the time, thankfully,” he said.
“But a 200-litre water tank from a solar hot water system two doors down came through the wall of the upper storey like a torpedo.
“They said because it was all fibro and asbestos that it would have to be demolished.”
Mr Faulkner has lived in Lennox Head since 1974.
The decision to rebuild in the village was an easy one: “My family is here.
“A house you can rebuild. The rest you can't.
“I had thought that the sense of community here had been lost, but after the tornado people really helped each other.
“One young couple told my son that if I needed to store anything, just to put it in their garage.
“I still have things there now.”
Mr Faulkner was in Vienna when the tornado struck, and his son was finally able to contact him late in the afternoon.
“I collapsed on the bed in my hotel room and tried to comprehend it,” he said.
“Then I dozed off. When I woke up, my travelling companion had found an English-speaking news station, and it was showing images of Lennox and the tornado.
“I thought I must have been dreaming.”
For Mr Faulkner, and many others, the months since the tornado have been difficult.
He rented a property in Lennox Head for a while, but then said “circumstances changed” so he moved in with his sister, who lives in the same street.
But he should be able to move into his new, three-bedroom home within the next four weeks.
“It will be good to have my own place again. The team (from Coral Homes) has been so good.
“Going through something like this makes you more compassionate. You realise how tough things must be for those in Queensland who suffered through the floods.
“I've been lucky, really.”