Stuckey Thanks Currumbin for Help After Floods

17 Feb 2011 2:56 PMJann Stuckey

17 February 2011

Speaking to the condolence motion to flood victims in State Parliament this week, Member for Currumbin, Jann Stuckey MP thanked those in the Currumbin community for their spontaneous efforts in activities to assist flood victims.

“I wish to convey my deepest sympathy to those who lost loved ones, those who lost their home, property, pets, possessions and businesses,” Ms Stuckey said.

“In doing so may I also communicate the thoughts and prayers of the people in the Currumbin electorate on the Gold Coast, an electorate spared by this sequence of cruel and bizarre natural events.

“Currumbin is a close-knit community and whilst I was moved by the flurry of fundraising activity and offers of help the people in my electorate undertook, it certainly did not surprise me.

“Several fundraising events were held across the electorate through January and February, raising in excess of $40,000 for the Disaster Relief Appeal, which is a magnificent contribution.

“Thanks must also go to the individuals who pitched in with hampers, money and physical help to clean up the awful mess.

As LNP spokeswoman for Small Business and Job Creation, Ms Stuckey also took the opportunity to highlight the plight of small businesses in the flood aftermath.

“Thousands of small to medium sized businesses were hit hard by the devastating floods. For some it has been a double whammy: losing their homes and their businesses. 

“One in five businesses in Queensland has had to close as a direct result of the floods. Many have also been indirectly impacted through affected customers, suppliers, and the loss of appeal of Queensland as a tourism destination.

“It is clear that small business urgently needs help to restart so they can service their local communities, many of whom rely on them, literally, for their daily bread.

“We must continue to support all of our fellow Queenslanders through these difficult phases as they embark on the path to recovery and, ultimately, healing.

“After all it’s the Australian way, the Queensland way.”

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Media Contact: Jann Stuckey 0439 755 919

Link to Hansard transcript (starts page 154): http://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/view/legislativeAssembly/hansard/documents/2011.pdf/2011_02_16_DAILY.pdf