Focusing efforts on victims

YESTERDAY’S meeting of Lockyer Valley Regional Council took on a sombre note as the mayor and councillors recounted the recent flooding that devastated the region.

Mayor Steve Jones warned of “trying times” ahead and said it was important the focus was kept clearly on the people involved and those who had suffered.

“This was the biggest disaster ever to strike either of the former Shires of Laidley and Gatton.”

Cr Jones also commented on the assistance that came to the community.

“There is a hell of a lot of good in Australia, which is one positive that came from this disaster,” he said. “We need to look at recognising and honouring some of those people and nominating them for awards.”

In a report presented to council, CEO Ian Flint said a Recovery Coordination Implementation Plan was currently being developed and would be presented to council shortly for adoption.

Cr Peter Friend, who resides in Grantham, the worst-hit region, said he wanted the community to know that destroyed bridges and culverts would be rebuilt “bigger and better”, and not just patched up.



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