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Gympie 'recovering slowly' from floods

By Alyse Edwards, Wednesday February 13, 2013 - 12:37 EDT

The Queensland Government has paid tribute to victims of the recent floods in Gympie in the state's south-east.

The local Member, David Gibson, says the fourth flooding event in two years has caused widespread damage to the town and people are feeling the impact.

Mr Gibson says the tourism industry will suffer, with damage caused to icons such as the Gympie Muster showgrounds and the Mary Valley Rattler.

In a condolence motion yesterday, he told Parliament the death of a local man has been a travesty.

"We must recognise that this flood and its impacts have been different from those in 2011," he said.

"Locally we have seen the death of a young man from Widgee, Jake Shearer.

"Many in the community knew of Jake and I'm told that the celebration of Jake's life was something to be remembered as it recognised a young man taken far too soon."

Mr Gibson told Parliament the community is recovering slowly but help is still needed.

"Whilst we in the Gympie community have always considered ourselves lucky when we compare it to the devastation in North Bundaberg, this flood event is something that the people of Gympie have cleaned up and are continuing on from but the people of Gympie, and particularly the businesses and farms, are recovering slowly and we need assistance," he said.


- ABC

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