MEMBERS OF THE Uniting Church community in Laidley gather to honour the presence of Moderator of the Uniting Church for Queensland, Bruce Johnson (second from left).
MEMBERS OF THE Uniting Church community in Laidley gather to honour the presence of Moderator of the Uniting Church for Queensland, Bruce Johnson (second from left).

Reverend helps victims

THE Lockyer Valley received a special visitor to lend an ear to the pain and experience of flood victims.

Reverend Bruce Johnson, the Moderator for the Uniting Church in Queensland, paid a visit to the Laidley community after touring disaster areas around Queensland.

Based in Brisbane, he stopped for lunch at the Laidley Uniting Church after he visited to console a contingent of people affected by the floods including, farmers, volunteers and others that had banded together in the community.

Graham Welden of Laidley Uniting Church said they had properties where they took truckloads of ruined clothing from their op shop off to the dump.

Now they had almost recuperated with tons of donations but they were having difficulty with storage.

“We recently acquired a shipping container to store donations and a shed at the Laidley Showgrounds, but we still need more space and whitegoods are still in demand,” Mr Welden said.

“Pumpkins and melons were washed onto our veranda from across the oval and down from the Mulgowie direction,” he said.

The site had its fence destroyed and about two feet of water flowed through the church.

“The hall was full of donations that have mostly been distributed, but now we are still handing out a list of what people need with the help of Laidley Crisis Care,” Rev Johnson said.

“We are trying to get an understanding of rural communities and the challenges they face.

“We are getting a sense of what the disaster has done to the area.”

He said it is a different type of recovery to Brisbane's experience.

“It is not just homes that have been wrecked, whole businesses have gone and we are supporting local clergy and communities with short-term and long-term commitments,” Rev Johnson said.


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