Com­mu­nity re­flects on Cy­clone Deb­bie

Com­mu­nity bar­be­cue

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THE Tweed com­mu­nity has come to­gether to com­mem­o­rate the hard­ships faced dur­ing the March 2017 floods.

Tweed Shire Coun­cil hosted a bar­be­cue on Thurs­day to com­mem­o­rate the one-year an­niver­sary of the floods and cel­e­brate the friend­ships formed dur­ing the one-in-100-year flood.

Mur­willum­bah SES made sure the sausages kept com­ing as peo­ple en­joyed the live en­ter­tain­ment and chil­dren’s ac­tiv­i­ties.

Peo­ple were also given the op­por­tu­nity to speak with coun­cil of­fi­cers about flood map­ping, in­clud­ing pre­dic­tions for a one-in-500-year flood.

Mayor Katie Milne said the bar­be­cue, which had been ini­tially post­poned due to bad weather, was a chance for peo­ple to re­flect.

“We wanted to ac­knowl­edge that peo­ple are still hav­ing a hard time, that they’re suf­fer­ing,” Cr Milne said at the bar­be­cue.

“Ev­ery­body just rose to the oc­ca­sion (dur­ing the clean-up).

“We’re here to help in what­ever way we can, get to­gether, share sto­ries, catch up and check in with ev­ery­body.”

Rev­erend Chris Lind­say said the bar­be­cue was an op­por­tu­nity to help the com­mu­nity come to terms with their grief.

“There will be some peo­ple who are wait­ing to catch up with their grief,” Rev Lind­say said.

“They might have a range of emo­tions. Some of us just lost a few hours of sleep, some lost busi­nesses and cars and live­stock, while some peo­ple lost loved ones and friends. I think it’s great we have a public mo­ment to try to re­mem­ber what hap­pened 12 months ago.”

PHOTO: SCOTT POWICK

FUN: Jade Cata­nia, Lu­cas We­ston, Bai­ley Wil­liams-davidson and Xavier Di­a­mond en­joy the bar­be­cue.

FUN TIMES: James Bur­kett and In­di­ana Di­a­mond are ex­cited to get their faces painted.

SES work­ers Dante Mc­cabe and Chris Chris­tosto­mos keep the bar­be­cue go­ing.

LEFT: Mur­willum­bah SES of­fi­cers Sue O’brien, Mark Rowland and Lisa Mur­phy. RIGHT: Brenda Reid, SES con­troller Jack Frost and Anaya Carroll catch up.

Ian Mac­gre­gor-skin­ner from the Mur­willum­bah SES Unit serves up the onions at the bar­be­cue.

Tweed Shire Coun­cil’s Rose Gomez and Mel Tate hand out good­ies.

PHOTOS: SCOTT POWICK

Pas­tors Rob Stut­tle and Chris Lind­say catch up at the com­mu­nity bar­be­cue.

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