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    Premier and Minister for Reconstruction
    The Honourable Anna Bligh

    Lockyer Valley and Grantham communities pause to remember and reflect

    Premier and Minister for Reconstruction
    The Honourable Anna Bligh

    Tuesday, January 10, 2012

    Lockyer Valley and Grantham communities pause to remember and reflect

    Premier Anna Bligh will today join the Lockyer Valley and Grantham communities to mark the anniversary of the day flood waters ravaged the tiny communities.

    The day will begin with a dawn service to unveil a memorial to the 12 locals who lost their lives that devastating day.

    “Those terrifying images of the flood waters raging through the Lockyer Valley and Grantham will forever be a part of the Queensland consciousness,” Ms Bligh said.

    “As will those extraordinary images and tales of heroism and courage, that have emerged since.

    “This year has been one of the most painful in living memory for these tiny communities, and I am pleased to be here to remember all of those who lost their lives and pay tribute to the remarkable fighting spirit of the people of the Lockyer Valley and Grantham who have overcome such enormous tragedy.

    The Premier will be accompanied by the Chair of the Queensland Reconstruction Authority, Major-General Richard Wilson AO. Her Lockyer Valley and Grantham itinerary today will include:

    + Dawn service at 4am at Grantham and unveiling of the Grantham memorial;

    + Lockyer Valley First Anniversary Commemorative Service in Gatton at 9.30am;

    + Service of Thanksgiving for the Grantham Community at 4pm;

    Unveiling ceremony for the Postman’s Ridge Memorial at 5.30pm;

    Memorial Service for the Murphy’s Creek Community at 7pm.

    “Whilst today will be somber as we remember those we have lost, it will also be an opportunity to pay tribute to the extraordinary courage and resilience of these communities who have so bravely rebuilt their lives,” Ms Bligh said.

    “It is wonderful that they begin 2012 united as such a strong community.”

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