Logan City Council Hosted Afternoon Tea for Emergency Service
Good afternoon. I too acknowledge all traditional custodians of the lands around Logan, and pay my respects to Elders, past present and emerging.
I am very grateful to the Mayor, Cr Power, fellow Councillors and staff at Logan City Council for the opportunity to visit you all today. I also acknowledge the presence this afternoon of Defence Force personnel, including Lieutenant Colonel Richard Niessl, Commanding Officer of 6th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment.
One of the great privileges of being Governor is visiting different parts of Queensland to support and acknowledge people who exemplify those characteristics we value most as a community – courage, altruism, and of putting others before the self.
This is why I am so honoured to be with you all today.
The members of all our emergency service organisations, with the assistance of the Australian Defence Force and caring support of so many community organisations, have performed remarkably over the past few weeks.
It is both a blessing and a curse that we have such a well-oiled machine in Queensland when it comes to disaster response.
All of you perform your duties – whether voluntary or paid – because you care about your local community, and you want to strengthen its bonds.
And although you do not seek out public recognition, I feel, as Governor, it is very important to provide it on behalf of all Queenslanders, at moments like this.
I therefore thank you all for your continuing service to the Logan community and to our State and nation.
You make me very proud to be the Governor of Queensland.