QUEENSLAND Governor Penelope Wensley visited the Lockyer Valley last week for a tour of the recovering flood region.
Mrs Wensley spoke with business owners and community members from Grantham, Murphys Creek, Forest Hill, Laidley, Mt Sylvia and Withcott during the visit.
“Generally, there is a very determined spirit in the area and I like that most of the community isn't just turning to outsiders for help,” Mrs Wensley said.
“They are determined to help themselves and recover from the event.”
This was Mrs Wensley's second visit to the Valley, with her first taking place shortly after the floods hit.
“There is still a huge challenge ahead but there is also a lot of satisfaction about the things that have been achieved so far.
“This is a great part of Queensland and it will recover to be bigger and better.”
Mrs Wensley said the Lockyer Valley has suffered an extra loss with Golden Circle's decision to move beetroot production offshore.
“I personally love beetroot, so I was very upset about this decision,” she said.
“Australians are resilient though and I think solutions will be found.
“I will continue to do everything possible to help the people in this area and be an advocated for this region.”
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