Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk met with Rockhampton Mayor Margaret Strelow and Keppel MP Brittany Lauga at the Botanical Gardens to view the damage, after touring cyclone-affected farms along the Capricorn Coast. Photo Rachael Conaghan/The Morning Bulletin
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk met with Rockhampton Mayor Margaret Strelow and Keppel MP Brittany Lauga at the Botanical Gardens to view the damage, after touring cyclone-affected farms along the Capricorn Coast. Photo Rachael Conaghan/The Morning Bulletin Rachael Conaghan

Events to mark one year anniversary of Cyclone Marcia

WITH the anniversary of Cyclone Marcia just weeks away, Rockhampton Regional Council is calling on our community to gather together once again with a series of events.

Rockhampton Region Mayor Margaret Strelow said the community had come a long way since disaster hit, wreaking havoc across the Region.

"The 20th of February 2015 will be a day that will remain in our minds for a long time; the day 'Marcia' tried to get the better of us and lost!," Mayor Strelow said.

"The havoc unleashed brought the region to its knees financially and emotionally, but community spirit prevailed and this is what we want to celebrate.

"Our magnificent Botanic Gardens will host a day of free activities on Saturday 20 February, and we'd love the community to come along, walk through the gardens or simply take time to relax and reflect.

"The recovery of the gardens in the past 12 months has truly been a miracle and people will be able to see how beautifully they've bounced back, thanks to our dedicated parks' team."

Mayor Strelow said the day was also an opportunity for neighbours to get together for localised parties, BBQs and picnics too.

"We've pulled together a Neighbourhood Party Kit and I'm encouraging neighbours, friends and family to meet for BBQs or picnics on the afternoon of Saturday 20 February," she said.

"The cyclone saw neighbour helping neighbour in scorching heat and working tirelessly. People checked on the elderly, shared food and power and donated items when they had little to spare themselves.

"It's only fitting that we remember that survival spirit and how disasters bring out the best in people.

"The Neighbourhood Parties are a great opportunity to catch up, have a chat about the New Year and ensure your friends and neighbours are OK."

What: Botanic Gardens Open Day and Neighbourhood Parties
When: Saturday 20 February 2016
Where: Get your applications in now for the Neighbourhood Parties @ www.rrc.qld.gov.au



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