Tribute paid to hard-hit families

HUNDREDS gathered at the Gatton Showground last night for a special Australia Day memorial service to pay tribute to families affected by flooding.

More than a dozen people were killed in the Lockyer Valley when an eight-metre wall of water tore through Murphys Creek and Grantham on January 10, leaving behind destruction and devastation.

The death toll from Queensland floods now stands at 22 with nine people still missing, all from the Lockyer Valley.

Lockyer Valley Regional Council Mayor Steve Jones said the events of the past few weeks had been “traumatic” for everyone.

“It’s absolutely devastating what has happened.” Cr Jones said.

“We have entire communities that have been destroyed... people that have lost family and friends and everything they own. It’s sheer destruction.

“We are committed to helping these communities recover... and rebuild when they are ready.”

The impact of the water has left the tiny communities of Grantham and Murphys Creek in ruins with houses destroyed, dozens of cars unroadworthy and left the entire community hurting.

Last night’s memorial service was about the community coming together to pay tribute to those who had been killed, those missing and to show support for those who have lost everything.

“We want them to know we are all here to help them in any way we can,” Cr Jones said.

The two-hour memorial service included performances by country music singer James Blundell and a solo performance by the Queensland Police Pipes piper.

Light refreshments were sold at the event with all money raised going directly towards the region’s flood appeal.



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