Burdekin Shire Mayor Lyn McLaughlin has thanked the community for its kindness and support for those involved in last week’s tragic incident at Home Hill Backpackers.
“The Burdekin is a kind and caring community and in times of crises our community rallies together to support those who need it most,” she said.
“Businesses, community groups, churches and residents have shown fantastic support for these young travellers and, on behalf of Council, I thank them all.
“There has been food, care packages, barbecues, offers of day trips and a lot of sympathy and love provided.
“The amount of food that has been delivered has been phenomenal and well received, but I have been asked to pass on that no further food donations are required.
“Council has received a card of thanks from the backpackers which will be posted on to Council’s Facebook page for all of our community to read.
“The backpackers have really appreciated everything that has been done for them over the past week.
“We hope that their memories of Home Hill will be of the kindness and support given to them during this tragic time.
“An incident like this has a huge impact on a community and I would also thank all the agencies involved in ensuring the backpackers and the Home Hill community are well supported and receiving any help they require.”
An All Churches Memorial and Healing Service will be held tonight (29 August) at the Burdekin Memorial Hall, Home Hill from 7.30pm. The service will include the Home Hill Anglican Church, Home Hill Catholic Church, Home Hill Greek Orthodox Church, Home Hill Presbyterian Church, Home Hill Uniting Church, Chaplain Gwen Marshall and the Red Cross.
Council is also holding a community meeting for Home Hill residents on Wednesday (31 August) at the Memorial Hall from 5.30pm. This meeting will be addressed by Cr McLaughlin, Queensland Police and Red Cross.