Two more bodies in Lockyer Valley
IT is feared another two bodies that have been found at the weekend could be those of people missing from the devastating Lockyer Valley floods.
A Murphys Creek resident stumbled across what he believes to be the remains of a woman at his property on Saturday afternoon while police were yesterday afternoon investigating the discovery of human remains near Lowood.
Detectives and forensic specialists are investigating both discoveries on behalf of the coroner.
The discoveries could bring the death toll from Queensland’s flooding disaster to 22.
The resident contacted police about 6pm after he made the discovery of what he said appeared to be a woman.
The news brings more tragedy to a region already devastated by the worst flood disaster in Australian history.
The Lockyer Valley’s Local Disaster Management Group headed by the region’s mayor, Steve Jones, has met to discuss how to keep moving the region towards its massive rebuilding program.
Cr Jones said he would begin a weekly report on the progress of the massive recovery and rebuilding task in the Lockyer Valley so residents and businesses could be better informed on its progress.
“Let’s be very clear from the outset – some national commentators believe south-east Queensland has experienced Australia’s worst flooding disaster in living memory and the Lockyer Valley, especially Grantham and Murphys Creek, was at the epicentre,” Cr Jones said.
“There is a massive rebuilding task ahead and we have only this week moved from disaster response to recovery. We must continue to respond in a very strategic way.”
Cr Jones said it should not surprise residents that the scale of devastation from the floods meant council has to prioritise its limited resources to the areas that were most necessary to the region’s economic recovery, as well as to those areas that were most in need.
Cr Jones said people who wanted to volunteer to help the Lockyer Valley’s recovery and rebuilding efforts should register with council.
Due to an overwhelming response, council cannot take any more material donations (especially perishable items).
To help the Lockyer Valley, donations can be made through the National Australia Bank (BSB: 084657 / ACCOUNT: 188881996) for people to donate money for families affected by the floods.