Capalaba MP Don Brown praises Redlanders' community spirit

PROUD: Capalaba MP Don Brown says the community has banded together in an admirable way.
PROUD: Capalaba MP Don Brown says the community has banded together in an admirable way.

CAPALABA MP Don Brown has commended Redlanders for their response to COVID-19.

Read his Christmas message:

In times of crisis, the value of a strong local community really comes to the fore and we certainly witnessed that sense of community spirit here in Capalaba this year.

As COVID-19 tuned life on its head, locals made incredibly difficult and unprecedented sacrifices. Being confined at home whilst still upholding learning and working commitments, missing out on significant milestones such as weddings, funerals, and birthdays, and most significantly, many found themselves unable to visit loved ones.

The Redlands community took these challenges in their stride, united, and listened to the health advice and this outstanding effort alongside the efforts of other Queenslanders has left us in a position envied by most of the world.

I especially want to acknowledge the efforts of our essential and frontline workers and thank all the doctors, nurses, ambulance officers and associated health staff at the Redland Hospital and Metro South Health for the fantastic work they have done in caring for our community this year.

I would like to thank our police officers and service men and women who took on the mammoth task of overseeing our state and international borders, ensuring compliance to the health advice when necessary and continuing to uphold the safety of our community.

I also wish to recognise and commend our retail workers, especially those who work in our supermarkets as well as thank our cleaners, security guards, teachers, teacher aides, early educators, and students. I also thank the truckies and those who work in manufacturing, day in and day out, those workers who provided the goods and services necessary to save lives and uphold our economy.

As we head into 2021, the impacts of COVID-19 will continue to be felt and whilst we begin to take the steps towards our economic recovery it is important that we do not become complacent with our COVID Safe practices.

COVID has not gone away, one only need look overseas where thousands of cases and deaths are being recorded each day - it is just tragic.

We have been fortunate here in Australia, but only because the community's fantastic response to all the health advice.

As we approach Christmas, I would like to thank the wonderful people of Capalaba for their resilience this year. In October, Capalaba put their faith me in to represent them for another four years in the State Parliament and I am truly humbled by that wonderful support. It is a privilege to represent my constituents each day and I promise to continue to repay that by delivering great outcomes for our community.

I would also like to acknowledge and give thanks to those who will be working over the Christmas period and wish you all a happy, safe, and healthy Christmas.