Murphys Creek on Road to Recovery
FOR 145 years, the tiny railway town of Murphys Creek has been a historic feature of the picturesque Lockyer Valley.
On January 10 this year, the flash floods destroyed many houses, buildings, cars and machinery, roads and rail infrastructure.
Tragically, seven members of the 450-strong community lost their lives, six adults and a child.
Murphys Creek is one of a number of small, tight-knit Queensland communities still coming to terms with loss of life and the devastation.
Community Recovery Leader Peter Souter acknowledges that.
“It has knocked us for six. Our lives are changed forever,” he said.
“But we are starting to come together, pick up the pieces, think about the future.
“This town has been around for more than 140 years.
“Its spirit, its heart, is strong. We can, and will, recover.”
Murphys Creek continues to work together in its recovery and one of many steps forwards will be to hold a Road to Recovery Family Day and Concert on Saturday, March 26 at the Murphys Creek Grounds.
“We have the drive and determination to rebuild our community. And it starts with this day,” Mr Souter said.
“This free event is not only for our community, it is for everyone.
“We are holding this day to give residents a chance to have a break with family and friends and to say thanks to the many volunteers and supports from around the nation for their assistant during this challenging time, if you helped our community we would love to see you here on Saturday, March 26,” he said.
The Lockyer Valley Regional Council and Lockyer Valley Human-Social Recovery Committee endorse the event with assistance and support provided by Red Cross.
There will be a licensed bar from 6pm.