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Peter and Jillian Cameron from Iluka, were distraught to learn their uninsured 2011 Nissan X-Trail had been stolen during the recent wet weather. The vehicle was later discovered submerged in floodwater. Image: Contributed.

Theft amongst floodwater in Iluka

Emma Pritchard


Iluka residents Peter and Jillian Cameron were unaware they were victims of a brazen robbery last week until the police knocked on their door.

The couple were devastated to learn their vehicle, and only means of transport had been stolen.

Their 2011 Nissan X-Trail was later discovered partially submerged in nearby floodwater and had sustained significant damage.

The Camerons also revealed the vehicle was not insured.

The couple only relocated to the Clarence Valley four months ago and used their vehicle frequently to make fortnightly journeys to Woolgoolga to enable Mrs Cameron, who suffers from severe rheumatoid arthritis and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), to attend medical appointments.

Speaking with the Clarence Valley Independent on March 5, the pensioners revealed they are deeply distraught by the theft.

They are also still in the process of cleaning up their property following recent flooding.

“The water entered our house, damaged our carpet and an $1100 couch we hadn’t even sat on yet,” Mrs Cameron said tearfully.

“We’ve only been in Iluka for four months.

“To have our vehicle stolen as well, it’s just heartbreaking.”

The couple previously lived in Victoria and Eden and experienced the devastating bushfires and floods which tore through the regions.

Mrs Cameron said she and her husband, who is also her primary carer, are very upset to have experienced another natural disaster, coupled with a theft, in their new home.

The recent floodwaters also limited their accessibility to essential resources including medications with the couple waiting up to five days for additional supplies to be delivered to them via boat from Maclean.

“It’s been such a devastating time for us, for lots of people,” Mrs Cameron said.

Following a community call out on social media last week, the Camerons revealed a kind-hearted couple from Iluka have generously loaned them a vehicle for the next two months while they make enquiries with regards to getting their Nissan X-Trail repaired.

“Hopefully, we’re able to get it to the point where it’s roadworthy again and we can maybe trade it in,” Mrs Cameron said.

“All the locals have been offering their support, and it’s been really good, fantastic.

“We need all the help we can get.”

The Clarence Valley Independent also contacted Grafton Police for comment in regard to the theft.

Anyone who is able to provide additional assistance to the Camerons is encouraged to call 0483 376 006.