MEMORIES of the 2010/11 floods were brought vividly back to mind when members of emergency services, councillors and flood victims gathered for afternoon tea before the resilience-building ROC Up concert.
Among those to address the gathering were Mayor Don Waugh, Cr Faye Whelan, area director EMQ Jenny Millers, area director for QAS Bonita Duffield and Katie Edmiston from the Local Government Association of Queensland.
Ms Millers said resilient communities were self-reliant and always had plans for emergencies.
The message of preparedness was echoed by Cr Whelan, whowas at the coalface in Mundubbera when the three rivers that meet there flooded.
“I have the greatest admiration for our emergency services, council staff and community members, many of whom had very little sleep,” she said.
“Soon the lobbying for funding began and I’m grateful to all who supported council with this and for the services which have been delivered and are still being delivered.
“Many people are still hurting – Mundubbera grape farmers and Monto lucerne farmers were seriously impacted and I applaud people who are still there.
“They get up, shake themselves off and keep going.
“I’m proud of the people of the North Burnett and thank all for a job well done.
“If this happens again we’ll be well prepared.”
As a parting gesture, attendees were each given a tree to plant as a living memory of their resilience.
EXERCISE IN CO-OPERATION: Recovering from the 2010/11 flood event in the North Burnett has been an exercise involving the co-operation of many individuals and groups, many of which were present at the afternoon tea to thank all involved. (Left) Mayor DonWaugh, Cr Faye Whelan, area director EMQ Jenny Millers, area director Burnett Queensland Ambulance Service Bonita Duffield and Katie Edmiston of Local Government Association Queensland.