Final farewells to those lost

ON the day our nation celebrated Australia Day, the Lockyer Valley mourned.

Last Wednesday residents in the Lockyer Valley had a chance to say goodbye to the lives who have been lost at a special memorial service at the Gatton Showgrounds.

Lockyer Valley Regional Council Mayor, Steve Jones, said the day gave residents a chance to mourn the friends and family members who died when they were tragically taken away during the floods.

“We thought that it would be more important if we could come together and have a memorial service,” he said.

“It's really important when all these dignitaries come here and show us that the rest of Australia does care.”

Among the dignitaries at the ceremony was the Governor-General of Australia, the Queensland Premier, the Queensland Governor, the Police Commissioner and the local State and Federal Members of Parliament.

Mayor Jones talked about the heartaches which had been felt throughout the community but assured residents that brighter times lay ahead.

“We will see a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.”

Queensland Premier, Anna Bligh, echoed the words of Mayor Jones and assured residents that the rest of Australia understood what the Lockyer Valley was going through.

“I didn't know the people who were killed in this tragedy but I have been able to talk to the friends and families of those who have been affected.”

Australian music icon, James Blundell, was also at the ceremony, performing three Australian classics for the crowd.


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