The courage of residents in the North is truly inspirational writes Premier Campbell Newman.
Premier of Queensland
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As south-east Queensland comes back to work from the Easter long weekend and prepares for Anzac celebrations, far north Queensland is recovering from tropical Cyclone Ita.
While this cyclone might not have appeared to have been as bad as others, the full effect of Ita will be felt by many across the State for months to come.
People from the south-east must be mindful of the damage to our vital crops such as tomatoes, bananas and sugarcane which could have an effect on the supply of fruit and veggies.
As I visited many towns hardest hit over the weekend of the cyclone, my heart went out to farmers who had invested so heavily and spent countless hours preparing these crops, only to be destroyed.
But as most of us know, Queenslanders are a tough bunch and the courage of these people to get back up time and time again is truly inspirational.
We will do what we can to support our primary producers and communities affected by tropical Cyclone Ita.
One message our cousins from the north want to tell, is that they are open for business.
As a government we agree and just four days after Ita, Minister for Tourism Jann Stuckey launched an Easter and Anzac tourism campaign.
Despite gale force winds and heavy rain that battered our coastlines, tourism operators have managed to quickly find their feet and are open and ready to welcome in visitors.
I encourage people across the nation and in the State’s south-east to get back up there and enjoy our tropical north.
As the far north rebuilds, my thoughts, along with the rest of Queensland are very much with the communities and everyone affected.
As a government, we will continue to support them and I look forward to revisiting the North as they recover.