Archbishop starts Fund
THE Lockyer Valley played host to the Archbishop of Brisbane this month with visit focusing on the recovery of flood stricken towns.
Dr Phillip Aspinall joined local clergy and met parishioners at St Alban the Martyr in Gatton and St Gabriel's in Grantham on February 13.
The visit was planned prior to the 2011 floods and was in support of the people of the Lockyer Valley through the establishment of the Archbishop's Emergency Relief Fund.
Dr Aspinall said the recovery process for the Lockyer Valley would be long and painstaking.
“It's some comfort to know that we are in the thoughts and prayers of so many,” he said.
“And, yet in your towns no amount of prayer by you, or others on your behalf, can make the pain and grief and sense of loss go away.
“No words of mine or anyone else can make everything all right again.”
He said the questions about the future for residents touched by the floods will take a long time to answer.
“We've all read the reports that it might be a year of more before houses are rebuilt,” he said.
“The prospect of living in temporary accommodation for that long or even longer isn't much to look forward to.
“I want to say that you are not alone in this and as you make that long journey the wider church and the wider community are with you in spirit and in all sorts of practical ways as well.”
Information on how to donate to the Archbishop's Emergency Relief Fund is at anglicanbrisbane.org.au