Leaders gather to remember floods

Prime Minister Julia Gillard comforts Grantham women Sue Elliot and Beryl Harm during a visit to the shattered community in January last year.
Prime Minister Julia Gillard comforts Grantham women Sue Elliot and Beryl Harm during a visit to the shattered community in January last year. Claudia Baxter

NATIONAL and State leaders will be in the Lockyer Valley next week to remember the first anniversary of the floods.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard, Governor General Quentin Bryce, Queensland Premier Anna Bligh, and Queensland Governor Penelope Wensley will be at the one year anniversary of the Lockyer Valley's devastating floods on Tuesday.

However, opposition leader Tony Abbott, who was in Gatton on Wednesday, said he will not be making another appearance for the service.

With the day declared a "special holiday" the Lockyer Valley Regional Council will be hosting a commemorative service at the Lake Apex Parkland and the Lockyer Valley Cultural Centre.

The service will start at 9.30am.

Lockyer Valley mayor Steve Jones said he appreciated the appearance the dignitaries will be making.

"We were all impacted by the floods in one way or another and while we saw the worst of Mother Nature that day, we also saw the best of mankind with people doing extraordinary things in assisting others," he said.

"People risked their own lives to help complete strangers and in the aftermath, chipped in to clean up other people's properties."

A number of personal recovery stories from residents of the area will also be told on the day.

The stories will be displayed at the Lockyer Valley Cultural Centre in the multimedia documentary - Living Journey One Year On.

As service will also be held in Grantham, Murphy's Creek and Postman's Ridge at various times on the day.

The flood that swept through the Lockyer Valley on January 11 last year took the life of 17 people in the region.

The devastation to Grantham has seen the entire town's residential sector moved to higher ground with only businesses remaining in the original site of the town.

The first resident moved into the new housing area late last year.

The council is expecting a large turnout for the Gatton event with Lake Apex Drive closed between the Cultural Centre to Dionysius St and residents urged to bring their own chairs or rugs.

Support will also be on hand in the form of a first aid marquee while the nearby library will be used as a quiet area for people who need time away from the service.

Topics:  anna bligh floods julia gillard penelope wensley quentin bryce

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