Heroes meet Queen

THE Queen is due to meet some of the Lockyer Valley's flood heroes when she arrives in Queensland next week.

She and the Duke of Edinburgh will join Premier Anna Bligh at a special reception in Brisbane on Monday to recognise Queenslanders affected by last summer's natural disasters.

But unlike her grandson Prince William, she will not be visiting the hard-hit regions of Ipswich or Grantham during her royal tour.

The Prince was greeted by thousands of well-wishers when he toured the flood-affected region in March.

Instead, Her Majesty will attend the QPAC reception as part of her one-day visit to Brisbane.

Premier Anna Bligh said the reception would "acknowledge the emergency personnel, volunteers and those affected by the natural disasters during the summer of 2010/11" .

Police and Emergency Services Minister Neil Roberts said a Queensland Fire and Rescue Service representative from Gatton and a Special Emergency Services representative from Mulgowie were among the 16 selected emergency services guests.

Mr Roberts said the selected guests came from a variety of ranks, "went above and beyond the call of duty" and represented a geographic, cultural and gender mix of Queenslanders.

Lockyer Valley Mayor Steve Jones said he was unaware of whether any local emergency services personnel or volunteers were invited to the event.

"I have not been contacted by anyone about this reception, and I've had no input because it is a Premier's Department issue," Cr Jones said yesterday.

Cr Jones said he hoped Lockyer Valley people were considered, and would have liked to have been informed about the selection.

"I'm not worried about not being able to make suggestions myself, I just know of some worthy local people and hope they were considered," Cr Jones said.

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