QLS president embarks on tour to help rebuild cyclone-affected regions
7 April 2017
Queensland was recently hit with not only Cyclone Debbie, but also many severe weather events over the following days. Throughout the events, QLS president Christine Smyth kept in contact with members as much as possible, endeavouring to send out as much information as possible as it came to hand.
As many areas begin to start the recovery process, Ms Smyth is visiting members and leaders of the profession to ascertain any damage sustained or challenges faced, and to assist in any way possible to help rebuild affected communities.
“Our members are at the heart of Queensland Law Society,” she said.
“And I feel that it is so important that we ensure that we are doing what we can to assist during times such as these.
“Today, I have been listening to our members about challenges they have faced during and after the weather event.
“Some of these issues include access to courts and the dissemination of timely information.
“I look forward to discussing these learnings with the relevant parties and working with them to improve future processes or implement new ones as necessary.
“When disaster strikes, it is up to all of us to work together to ensure that we collectively learn from the experiences of those affected.”
Today, Ms Smyth and Ethics Solicitor Shane Budden visited law associations and members in the Logan, Scenic Rim, northern Gold Coast and Gold Coast areas.
“Some of these areas were hit very hard,” she said.
“It really hits home how severe our weather can be and how much of an affect events such as these can have not only on businesses but for families.
“Next week I plan to visit our members further north to not only provide them with our support but also to assist the community where I can with guidance on any issues they may be facing as a result of the severe weather.”