Queensland Governor Penelope Wensley, volunteer Edna Buck and Bundaberg mayor Lorraine Pyefinch have afternoon tea with the ladies from the Queensland Country Women’s Association.
Queensland Governor Penelope Wensley, volunteer Edna Buck and Bundaberg mayor Lorraine Pyefinch have afternoon tea with the ladies from the Queensland Country Women’s Association. Max Fleet

Governor thanks Bundy volunteers

QUEENSLAND Governor Penelope Wensley has praised the Bundaberg community's response to the floods and has pledged to push the message the region was once again open for business.

During a visit to the city yesterday, Ms Wensley said she was shocked by the scale of the damage but praised the efforts of volunteers for their work in the recovery.

“I was appalled by the damage to businesses in the area,” she said.

“Clearly the state has suffered significantly.”

She said businesses that were once thriving and making a “tremendous” contribution to the community were now confronting an enormous recovery test.

“Some of these affected business owners are generously digging deep to pay wages because they think that's the right thing to do,” she said.

The Governor praised the “fantastic and colossal community effort” and made a point of meeting with members of the community while in town.

“I wanted to meet, talk to and thank members of the community who have been dealing with the running of the recovery,” she said.

“Bundaberg is one of the most cohesive communities I have ever seen – there is something very special about Bundaberg.”

Ms Wensley said she hoped to spread the message that Bundaberg was back in the swing of normal operations and needed support, especially in the tourism and agriculture sectors.

“My role as Governor gives me an exceptional platform for awareness-raising,” she said.

“The messages that I will give to the rest of Queensland is that Bundaberg is open for business and going forward.”

She said community spirit and morale were still important as the region continued to rebuild.

The Governor attended an afternoon tea at the QCWA hall in Quay Street and, much to the delight of members, personally thanked the CWA and Red Cross for their efforts in the clean-up.

QCWA member Muriel Cotton said it was a privilege to meet Ms Wensley, which “topped off” the work the group had put in.

“You don't dream of things like this happening because it doesn't happen very often,” Mrs Cotton said.

Red Cross member Jan Hoffman said the visit showed appreciation for all the volunteer effort.

“It shows we're appreciated for all the work we did with the floods,” she said.



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