Queensland Floods

Residents in 75% of Queensland have been visited by the unimaginable horror of deadly flooding which has claimed the lives of 16 people thus far. The cause of this one in one hundred year event is claimed to be a La Nina weather effect.

As I watched the TV pictures come in from places like Toowoomba, Grantham and Brisbane, I couldn’t help marvelling at how philosophical Queenslanders are. No complaints, no blame, no bitching! They have pitched in to help each other and even those who have lost everything are commiserating with others whom they believe are doing it tougher.

Watching people come together to help each other makes me really proud to be an Australian.

Top marks to Queensland Premier, Anna Bligh, who has done an outstanding job providing accurate, impartial and unvarnished information on a constant basis. She has shown outstanding leadership in the face of the state’s biggest natural disaster.

I loved her quote in one of the many media conferences “As we grieve for what we have lost… I want us to remember who we are,” she said.

“We are Queenslanders. We’re the people that they breed tough north of the border. We’re the ones that they knock down and we get up again.”

What can we do? One of the things we can do is not to cancel any events or conferences we may have planned for venues in Brisbane, the Gold Coast or other places in SE Qld. Most are expecetd to be back in business within a week. Please talk to your venue before you take any action.

We can also issue a plea to our delegates not to cancel their attendance at Qld based events as this is one way they too can help Queensland to rebuild. 

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