Stay­ing strong

Central and North Burnett Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

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.

Photo: Sue Har­ris

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.

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