The audience shows respect for those who lost their lives with a minute’s silence at the Queensland Disaster Heroes ceremony held at the Ipswich Region Community Church in Ripley.
The audience shows respect for those who lost their lives with a minute’s silence at the Queensland Disaster Heroes ceremony held at the Ipswich Region Community Church in Ripley. Rob Williams

Medals for city's saviours

IPSWICH'S flood heroes were recognised in a special ceremony held at a former evacuation centre at the weekend.

The Ipswich Region Community Church, which played host to scores of evacuated nursing home residents during the flood, was packed on Saturday for the ceremony.

More than 260 people were named during the Queensland Disaster Heroes Recognition Ceremony but as Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale said, many other volunteers worked tirelessly during the floods.

“We celebrate these citizens who have shown courage, resilience and that good old Ipswich spirit,” Cr Pisasale said.

“It is just amazing to see the generosity, how we were able to come together as a community.”

The crowd paused for a minute of silence to remember those who had lost their lives and livelihoods as a result of the floods.

Premier Anna Bligh said the ceremony was a chance to recognise “ordinary people who became confronted with extraordinary events”.

“When the people of Ipswich were tested; they were not found wanting,” Ms Bligh said.

Ms Bligh also congratulated emergency services workers including police, ambulance officers, rural and urban firefighters and the State Emergency Services volunteers for their efforts.

Each disaster hero nominee received a commemorative medal at the ceremony, as a reminder of their contribution.



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