Premier thanks disaster heroes
PREMIER Anna Bligh has congratulated Queensland Disaster Heroes from the Lockyer Valley and Somerset regions at a special recognition ceremony held in Gatton at the weekend.
More than 220 people were nominated from the two regions for their community initiative, bravery, courage, resilience and strength during the January flood disaster.
Many of the hero nominees including emergency service employees and volunteers were thanked by the community at a service held at Gatton's Civic Hall on Saturday.
“The Lockyer Valley was one of the worst hit regions of our state. Sadly, many lives were lost but from the devastation, stories of bravery and courage have emerged,” Ms Bligh said.
“These are the stories of those who waded through streets when the inland tsunami hit Grantham, those who rescued people in their tinnies and those who helped families and children get to their roofs.
“These are the people who, despite losing everything they owned, still helped others to safety.
"There are the business owners who despite sustaining damage to their premises, offered their time and equipment for free and worked for days to clear the debris.
“We pay tribute to those volunteers from the Gatton Distribution Centre who distributed and sourced donations and regularly worked 16-hour days for months after the floods.
We recognise the tireless work of the Murphy's Creek Hotel staffers, who took in the displaced and provided comfort during those dark hours.
“Then there are the many volunteers who rose across the region - some even taking leave from their jobs - to clean and repair in every street, offer words of comfort and basic supplies like food and drink as the floods receded.
Each disaster hero nominee received a commemorative medal at the ceremony, as a reminder of their contribution.