Honouring the fallen

A SPECIAL community church service was held on Sunday morning for those who died or are still missing as a result of the flood that hit Murphys Creek on its path of destruction.

The service was held at the local pub because the church is still inundated and was led by a local pastor as residents sung hymns like Amazing Grace and praised the Lord in homage to their lost neighbours.

A counsellor was also present to console families and friends and encouraged them to show their emotions.

Scott Buchholz, Federal Member for Wright, stopped by to meet those affected.

Mr Buchholz said this simple service meant a lot to locals.

“This is their first chance to mourn together and support each other in a structured way,” he said.

Deeply moved by the devastation he saw, Mr Buchholz was equally amazed by the attitude of the people.

“The people of the region are emotionally fragile yet display a bravery that is remarkable,” he said.

The new pub was a source of refuge for many in the area as the “inland tsunami” hit the town last week but it was now a meeting place for survivors.

More chaplains are arriving from fire-stricken areas of Victoria to help the Lockyer Valley deal with “mass community trauma and death”.


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