HAPPY RETURN: Communities Minister Tracy Davis (middle) with two original Our Community Centre committee members from 1988, Heather Selwood and Shar Nicholls at the reopening of the centre after the flood in January.
HAPPY RETURN: Communities Minister Tracy Davis (middle) with two original Our Community Centre committee members from 1988, Heather Selwood and Shar Nicholls at the reopening of the centre after the flood in January. Sarah Harvey

Our Community Centre rises again

THE Our Community Centre in Laidley has become a symbol of resilience, having recovered from two flood events in two years.

The venue, which was destroyed in the 2011 floods, was rebuilt only to be wrecked once again by another flood event earlier this year.

Our Community Centre management committee president Jim Nicholls said it was a devastating blow to be hit by floodwaters for a second time.

"The most recent flood did even more damage than the earlier one in 2011," he said. "It destroyed the floors, the walls, the furniture, everything."

Despite the significant damage, the venue has bounced back again and celebrated its official re-opening last Friday.

The centre, which has provided support services to the Laidley community since 1988, also marked its 25th anniversary.

Queensland communities Minister Tracy Davis was among those who attended the event and said Laidley residents should be proud of their recovery efforts in helping with the rebuild of the centre.

"The community has once again shown its resilience, determination and community spirit in light of these natural disasters," she said.

"This is a wonderful example of how communities can achieve successful results when they work together."

Ms Davis said the State Government had contributed more than $380,000 towards the refurbishment of the venue.

She said community centres were the backbone of Queensland communities as they promoted community engagement and provided connections in their local area. "These centres are an important frontline service which we promised at the election, to revitalise," she said.



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