Mayor Peter Maguire presents the plaque to Premier Bligh.
Mayor Peter Maguire presents the plaque to Premier Bligh.

Thank you Anna

IT was a small token of gratitude for her outstanding leadership during Queensland’s ‘summer of sorrow’ that visibly moved Premier Anna Bligh.

At Tuesday night’s disaster heroes ceremony, Central Highlands Mayor Peter Maguire did what no other council had thought to do – thank our state’s leader for her dedication.

“It’s not much but it shows our appreciation and respect on behalf of the Central Highlands community,” Cr Maguire said.

“Being Premier – it’s not an easy gig.”

A humbled Bligh received her gift to a resounding round of applause at the close of the night’s formal ceremony which saw 35 local disaster heroes awarded medals for their selfless acts during the Central Queensland darkest hours.

Cr Maguire will determine where to place the commemorative plaque engraved with leaves - symbolising rebirth and regeneration - presented to the community during the night’s proceedings.

Premier Bligh congratulated the disaster heroes for their initiative, bravery, courage, resilience and strength demonstrated during the flood disaster.

“There are the quiet achievers who helped to rehouse others, even taking in other families and providing information to those who could not get it,” she said.

“Today is the day we get to say thank you on behalf of all Queenslanders for their bravery... and above all, their undying Queensland spirit.”

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Ian Edmistone

Gene Gardner

Lorna Hicks

Eric Hindmarsh

Des Howard

Lionel Jackson

Geoffrey Kavanagh

Jim Kelly

Michael Keys

John Mahon

Tracy McIndoe

Darrin Milner

Timothy Misson

Andrew Mitchell

Trina Patterson

Derek Rowlands

Laurence Ryan

Rachelle Stemm

Adrian Williams

Brett Williams

Jane Williams

Tamara Williams

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