Praise for emergency services
LNP Leader John-Paul Langbroek has praised emergency services and police and local parliament members for their role in helping communities through the Toowoomba, Murphy’s Creek, Grantham and Lockyer Valley floods.
Mr Langbroek told Parliament the bravery of the emergency services, the region’s SES officers, volunteers and bystanders who at great personal risk did what they could to save people whose cars had been suddenly swamped, was awe-inspiring.
“We all recall the cars, vans and utes careering along a street that became a gushing river in an instant, and we thought, ‘my God, what on earth has happened’,” Mr Langbroek said.
“It was almost beyond comprehension ... of course we didn’t know then of what had occurred at the base of the range ... at Withcott, at Helidon, at Murphy’s Creek ... and most tragically of all where the run-off from the hills comes together, at the little village of Grantham.
“I went to Grantham ... I freely admit that I couldn’t comprehend ... and never will never fully comprehend the hell that was visited upon that town and those people.”
Mr Langbroek said the Member for Lockyer Ian Rickuss deserved special mention.
“Together with his wife Ann he worked night and day assisting his constituents, their friends and neighbours in the Lockyer Valley,” Mr Langbroek said.
“The Police Commissioner referred to him as a statesman of his community ... and so he is. He and Ann rose to the challenge when the community needed them most.”