Australia’s Governor-General, Quentin Bryce has made a special visit to the Western Downs today spending time with flood affected residents in Condamine and Chinchilla.
Western Downs Regional Mayor Ray Brown said that the Governor-General and Mr Michael Bryce’s visit had greatly lifted the spirits of those hit the hardest by the worst flooding the region has seen in recent history.
“Her Excellency took the time to personally meet with residents and business owners who have endured extreme flood conditions and are now showing incredible strength of character to rebuild what they have lost.
The Governor-General’s visit was a real boost to morale where it’s needed the most,” Mayor Brown said.
The Governor-General’s party was joined by Federal Member for Maranoa Bruce Scott to view flood damage to properties and infrastructure in Condamine and Chinchilla as well as the region’s expansive road network. “Ms Bryce and Mr Bryce were touched by the stories shared with them and expressed their support for our region as it begins the rebuilding process,” Cr Brown said.
“Her Excellency also spoke with emergency services staff and community volunteers who have been on-the-ground throughout the disaster effort and gave sincere thanks to all involved.
“The visit provided a welcome relief to what has been a traumatic week for our region and Council thanks Her Excellency for showing her support in this time of need,” he said.
Local Disaster Coordination Centres have been overwhelmed by a flood of offers and donations. The Mayor, Cr Ray Brown said items will be needed shortly and asks those wishing to donate furniture to wait until items of need can be identified.
Due to the numerous donations pouring in to support flood victims Council has established a Flood Disaster Trust Fund and is accepting cash donations on 07 4662 6666.
Lifeline in Dalby and Chinchilla are accepting donations of household furniture and advise that no clothing is required.