Premier Campbell Newman in Maryborough after the floods with local member Anne Maddern.
Premier Campbell Newman in Maryborough after the floods with local member Anne Maddern. Alistair Brightman

Premier pays tribute to Fraser Coast in flood speech

PREMIER Campbell Newman has paid tribute to flood victims on the Fraser Coast as part of a speech delivered to Parliament this week.

After observing a minute's silence for the six people who died in the floods across Queensland during the past month, Mr Newman gave flood condolences in the first sitting of 2013.

He said 302 dwellings on the Fraser Coast were uninhabitable as a result of the disaster.

Mr Newman also mentioned Kent St Bakery owner Michelle Caine and others across the Wide Bay when he spoke of the hundreds of small businesses now rebuilding.

He paid tribute to Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell and the council as well as councils in the worst hit areas.

"I say a special thank you on behalf of the people of Queensland," Mr Newman said in Parliament.

Both Mr Newman and Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney told Parliament primary producers in places such as Gayndah and Mundubbera had been decimated.

"I understand North Burnett Regional Council is setting up a new register called Farm Clear where primary producers can nominate their clean-up requirements and volunteers can register their availability," Mr Newman said.

Mr Seeney told Parliament communities in the Burnett region were sending the message to the rest of Queensland and Australia that they were rebuilding.

"They are determined to rebuild the agricultural enterprises that are the economic base of those communities," he said.

Visit parliament.qld.gov.au to read the full speech.



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