Vintner’s Secret Winery owner Marianne Lethbridge says news of the Paris attacks left her feeling numb.
Vintner’s Secret Winery owner Marianne Lethbridge says news of the Paris attacks left her feeling numb. Robyne Cuerel

Childers vineyard owner feels for France

THE world has wept for Paris over the weekend after the shocking attacks and one Childers woman with French ancestry has told of her anguish over the appalling acts.

Vintner's Secret owner Marianne Lethbridge, whose French father immigrated to Australia after the Second World War, told how the news of the senseless attacks left her feeling numb and reflective.

"We identify strongly with France," she said.

"We mourn the loss of innocent lives."

The vineyard has long kept is connection to France, celebrating Bastille Day each year and continuing to use wine making processes heavily influenced by the French.

"I think that Friday the 13th goes down as the idea that we actually living in global village has reached a turning point," she said.

Mrs Lethbridge said she the attacks also made her feel lucky and fortunate to be living in a country like Australia that remains relatively untouched by terrorism.

Across Bundaberg, the outpouring of support for the French city could be felt.

At the Bundaberg Cup, a sign made popular on social media - a drawing of the Eiffel Tower in circle designed to look like the peace sign - could be seen.

Bundaberg Mayor Mal Forman said councillors had been working over the weekend to ensure the city was able show a sign of support.

"I am seeking support from my councillors to fly the French flag," he said.

Cr Forman was also hoping to hold a minutes silence at lunchtime today.

However, he did not think Bundaberg residents should fear any attack.

"I believe we have to be very vigilant," he said.

"I don't think there is anything to fear.

"We will keep in touch with police and the federal government to ensure we are up-to-date."

His comments come after Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk released a statement assuring there was no known threat to Queensland at this time.

"I have been advised that the terror alert level in Queensland - particularly for our police - remains at high - as it was previous to this harrowing news," she said.

Member for Burnett Stephen Bennett said the LNP was working to support the French people wherever they could.

Cr Forman and Mr Bennett were not aware of any Bundaberg region residents who were caught in the attacks.



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