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Thursday, 10 May 2018
Page: 3697


Mr VAN MANEN (FordeGovernment Whip) (13:31): Last April, scenes across Logan were nothing short of devastating. One life was lost and more than 200 homes destroyed when the Logan and Albert Rivers flooded as a result of the rains brought on by ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie. With the Logan River and the Albert River peaking at near-record levels, it became one of Logan's worst natural disasters since 1974. One year on, I'm very pleased to share with the House the resilience and commitment of residents, businesses and local charities. They have shone over the past 12 months through that devastation and brought out the best in the local community.

A couple of weeks ago, I attended two fantastic community events to mark one year since the flood and celebrate the light at the end of what, for many, has been a very dark tunnel. I'd like to congratulate the Loganlea Community Centre—in particular, Cassie and the team—for putting on a fantastic family fun day with over 3,500 people attending. The Beenleigh Neighbourhood Centre, in partnership with the Logan House Fire Support Network, hosted a family day, which was a terrific event. Well done to Louie, Christine and the team. Both events paid tribute to the outstanding work of our local emergency services and emergency volunteers during the flood. I have no doubt our community will continue to rebuild stronger and more resilient than ever.