One year since floods devastated the region
BUNDABERG region residents are being urged to take a moment to pause and reflect on the tough year that was 2013 this Australia Day weekend.
Sunday, January 26 marks one year since heavy rains, torrential floods and five tornadoes hit the region, causing widespread devastation, heartache and pain.
Mayor, Cr Mal Forman said Australia Day was not only a chance to celebrate our national pride but also to celebrate our local pride and reflect on the recovery effort over the past year.
"I've lived in Bundaberg most of my life and the past 12 months have undoubtedly been the toughest. Last year was a very trying time for many people across the community," Cr Forman said.
"But it was also a year where many residents across the Bundaberg region showed that they had grit, determination in the face of adversity and a fighting spirit that can only be admired. Bundaberg people have proven that they are a resilient community.
"We're very much aware that the year anniversary of the floods is still an emotionally raw time for many residents across the region and out of respect Council felt it would be insensitive to commemorate the anniversary. We're asking residents to take a moment this weekend to pause and reflect on the year that was in their own way."
Bundaberg Regional Council will be holding official Australia Day Celebrations at Moore Park Beach from 7.30am Sunday, January 26.
Cr Forman said Australia Day celebrations were cancelled last year as a result of the floods.
"While this weekend will be a sombre time for many, it's also an occasion to celebrate what's great about our country and enjoy the festivities that we couldn't this time last year."
Cr Forman added that Council would be holding a one year on debriefing session with community groups, charities, members of the Local Disaster Management Group and District Disaster Management Group, government ministers and senior officials on Monday, January 27.
Invited guests include Governor of Queensland Penelope Wensley and Queensland Premier Campbell Newman.
More details about Council's Australia Day Celebrations can be found here.