MP pleads for Lockyer residents

MEMBER for Lockyer Ian Rickuss made a heart-felt speech in Parliament yesterday expressing his sorrow for lives lost and the devastation left behind after an inland tsunami tore through Toowoomba and parts of the Lockyer Valley on January 10.

Mr Rickuss struggled to contain his emotions.

“A lot of the people so devastatingly affected are hard-working Australians and Queenslanders who weren’t prepared for what was about to happen,” Mr Rickuss said.

“Please do not forget us in the Lockyer, as we still have a lot to do. Roads, bridges, farms, businesses, machinery, major employers like Nolans, Lindsay Brothers etc have unfortunately a lot less work available.

“Let’s support the employees and employers who need a hand up, not a hand-out at this time.”

Mr Rickuss also mentioned the lack of support given to affected residents by their insurance companies and asked them to “stop bickering”.

“Do the right thing for the people of the Lockyer and surrounding areas who were devastated by storms two days in a row,” he said.



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