Flood day gets special status

THE first anniversary of the floods in the Lockyer Valley has been declared a special holiday by the State Government rather than a public holiday as previously reported.

January 10, 2012 has been declared a special holiday for residents and businesses in the Lockyer Valley Regional Council area for the first anniversary only.

Mayor Steve Jones said the granting of a special holiday, rather than a public holiday, was a good outcome for businesses in the region.

"The special holiday means that if businesses choose to open on that day they can and they won't have to pay penalty rates to their staff and workers," he said.

"This will be a day of sombre reflection as we join together to mourn those who lost their lives on that fateful day, but to also celebrate how far we as a community have come.

"Originally it was thought the day was to be a public holiday, but with further advice from the State Government, it has now come to light that the day will be a special holiday."

Council's offices will be closed on January 10 and residents are encouraged to attend the regional commemorative service at Lake Apex Parklands in Gatton at 9.30am.

Topics:  january flood lockyer valley regional council mayor steve jones public holiday

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