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Thursday, 21 March 2013
Page: 2961

Mr O'DOWD (Flynn) (13:45): On Saturday, 9 March this year, over 3,000 people attended the Bulls and Bands flood appeal in Calliope, a town just west of Gladstone, in support of those affected by the recent flooding in the Gladstone region. The areas hit locally included the Boyne Valley, Boyne Island and Tannum Sands. The event was a resounding success and raised a considerable sum of money, which will go a long way in helping with recovery efforts. Unfortunately I was unable to attend the event but I am reliably informed that rodeo goers were treated to some great music, lively barrel racing and some rank bulls!

Congratulations goes to the winners of the respective events on the night. Also, I want to congratulate the Calliope Rodeo committee and all others involved in organising the event for their outstanding efforts. I would also like to thank those who generously sponsored the show and all those who donated on the night.

Flood recovery efforts continue right throughout Flynn electorate. Events like this show the strong community spirit that is alive and well in the Gladstone region.