QUEENSLAND PREMIER ANNA Bligh sports the comedic image on a t-shirt.
QUEENSLAND PREMIER ANNA Bligh sports the comedic image on a t-shirt.

A new image from the floods

IT seems some people are dealing with the flood disaster by wearing a wry smile and a chuckle.

A survivalist bumper sticker that was the brainchild of Cathy from McClean Images has begun circulating the Lockyer Valley that depicts a man in a boat passing a duck with its thumb up.

Even Premier Anna Bligh has jumped on board by wearing a t-shirt with the image on it, after it was given to her by State Member for Lockyer, Ian Rickuss.

Ms Bligh visited the area for the third time on Saturday to visit as many flood-affected areas as possible and liaise with community members.

Her convoy passed through Helidon, Murphys Creek, Withcott, Grantham, Gatton and ended in Laidley, where Ms Bligh spoke to local business owners affected by the disaster.

The iconic sticker will now be a testament to those who battled the rising waters in Laidley.

“We were down in Laidley when it all flooded and there were no sandbags and just people of the town,” Cathy said.

“We were looking at how much people had lost and came up with the idea."

She said a lot of the idea came from her newsagent, who had the humour to deal with theissue.

“We know Trevor Salter of Blah Art, a local cartoonist, and asked him if he could come up with a duck that was bedraggled looking,” she said.

“Then we stuck it together and hope it didn't offend anyone.”

She said they started off printing a few hundred and now have well over one thousand printed.

“There are also shirts and stubby coolers which are now on demand and being sold in Laidley, Lowood, Forest Hill and Gatton. I was staggered at peoples' reaction to it,” she said.

She said they ran the sticker fund-raiser through Laidley Better Business and they would work out where the money would go.

For further enquiries on the bumper sticker contact  lockyervalleyfloods@mcleans.net.au


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