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Monday 03 April 2017

His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC, Governor of Queensland, and Mrs Kaye de Jersey, will visit Charleville on 3-4 April, to present Australian Bravery Decorations to ten people who assisted with the rescue of a truck driver in September 2014, and to officially open the new Charleville Airport Terminal.

The ten recipients of the Bravery awards – including four Queensland Fire and Emergency Services firefighters and two civilians who will receive rare Stars of Courage – all assisted with the rescue of a truck driver after his B-double carrying over 52 tonnes of a highly explosive chemical crashed off the Angellala Creek Bridge on the Mitchell Highway and burst into flames on 5 September 2014.

The Governor is making a special visit to Charleville to give the people of the South West community the opportunity to publicly honour and thank those involved with the incident.

While in Charleville, the Governor will also officially open the new Charleville Airport Terminal; meet with and receive a briefing – including on the current drought situation – from Murweh Shire Council; visit the Charleville Cosmos Centre; and visit the Charleville Bilby Experience. 

This is the second visit the Governor and Mrs de Jersey have undertaken to Charleville, having officially opened the Royal Flying Doctor Service Charleville Base, Hangar and Visitor Centre in October 2014.

The Governor is also being kept informed on the assistance being provided across the State following ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie, and will make further visits to affected communities later this week.