Tony O’Dell, of Anglo American in Moura, and Moura nurse Sally Haley were honoured at the Queensland Disaster Heroes recognition ceremony at the Rockhampton Heritage Village.
Tony O’Dell, of Anglo American in Moura, and Moura nurse Sally Haley were honoured at the Queensland Disaster Heroes recognition ceremony at the Rockhampton Heritage Village. Alister Thomson

Remember the heroes

WHEN Theodore was evacuated to Moura this year nurse Sally Haley was one resident who welcomed them with open arms.

Mrs Haley was one of more than 100 people honoured at the Rockhampton and Theodore Queensland Disaster Heroes ceremony in Rockhampton on Monday.

She set up the recovery centre in Moura at Kianga Hall along with Jodie Lane and made sure Theodore evacuees were clothed, fed and looked after.

She said the message about the centre was spread through social networking sites.

Mrs Haley said Theodore was a “fantastic community” and many people had taken part in caring for the evacuees.

“There are so many people that have not been acknowledged in this.

“They were fundamental in helping it come together,” she said.

The mass departure was the first time in Queensland history an entire town has been evacuated.

Mrs Haley said she had recently visited Theodore and was impressed by how it looked.

“You would not know the town had been flooded,” she said.

Tony O'Dell, of Anglo American in Moura, organised accommodation for 328 people.

“For me it's good to see everyone involved out here acknowledged,” he said.

Premier Anna Bligh told the ceremony that during the floods “we saw Queenslanders at our best”.



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