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26 January 2011

QUEENSLAND WEEK TO BE DEDICATED TO FLOODS HEROES

Premier and Minister for the Arts

The Honourable Anna Bligh

25/01/2011

QUEENSLAND WEEK TO BE DEDICATED TO FLOODS HEROES

Premier Anna Bligh has announced that Queensland week this year will be dedicated to the heroes of the 2011 floods.

Ms Bligh said the State Government would cast a commemorative medal and flood heroes would be recognised by their local communities.

The Premier said a series of events would be held in flood communities across the State and communities would also be asked to nominate their own heroes.

"We will recognise everyone who played a role during this crisis and who is playing a role during the recovery," she said.

"The story of the floods is about much more than devastation. It's a story of great courage and heroism. In 2011 we learned that heroes live among us.

"Heroes like Chopper Pilot Mark Kempton, who plucked victims from raging flood waters surrounding Grantham as his own family home flooded.

"Everyday heroes, like the 55 people from Barcaldine who reported for duty at the tiny community of Jericho less than 24 hours after the call went out for help.

"And have-a-go heroes, like the tugboat skippers Doug Hislop and Peter Fenton whose 40 year old tug Mavis became the little tug that could.

"We saw an army of volunteers rise up across our State - a mud army - that marched through our streets, moving mountains of debris and restoring faith in our communities.

"In 2011, Queensland Week will be held from 4-13 June and it will be dedicated to the heroes of the flood and the recovery."

The State Government will now work with local Councils in flood effective areas to establish a system of nominations which will be announced in coming weeks.

Queenslanders can send personal messages of support and thanks to the flood relief workers by visiting www.thepremier.qld.gov.au

Financial donations can also be made on the Queensland Government website, www.qld.gov.au/floods

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