Sunflower - A Tribute to the Lockyer Valley

Kate Wall

Highworth, Australia

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Took a drive through the Lockyer Valley on Sunday morning, on my farm day out on the farm. Took all my courage to drive out there to see how the valley is recovering after January’s horrific floods. Only 20mins from the farm, is a place called Grantham, it was worst hit by the torrent of water that made its way down from Toowoomba. Grantham is like Ground Zero, its just so sad. 90% of the houses have more than 50% damgage, most have been abandoned with the words ‘unsafe, no entry’ spray painted on the destroyed houses. But to the amazement of the small country town, they are rising above it and rebuilding. The Aussie & Qld spirit was very evident amongst the town with aussie and maroon flags flying proud. I did not take any photos in Grantham out of respect, instead got photos from surrounding photos. During the January floods I was isolated on the farm for 5 days, thankfully on a hill, the floodwaters came within 150m of the house :( I feel for those flood victims in the Lockyer Valley, they really are inspiring to rise above and rebuild!

This photo of this gorgeous Sunflower was taken in Gatton, just down the road from Grantham. Gatton is the heart of the Lockyer Valley, the big town centre. While exploring, we found a washed out housesite by the Lockyer Creek, next to the turf club, where we found a bunch of sunflowers.
From something so terrible, comes something so beautiful!
This one is for the Lockyer Valley!

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