Llew O’Brien’s Christmas Message 2019

December 20, 2019

The festive season is a time of peace and goodwill, and I would like to extend my best wishes to everyone in the Wide Bay for a merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

At this time of year, we reflect on the meaning of Christmas – the birth of Jesus Christ, who brought love, salvation and the message of goodwill to all.

That message is particularly important this year, following the ongoing bushfires that have continue to affect communities in Wide Bay and caused devastation in many parts of Australia, and the prolonged drought which has also caused much heartache.

While we have seen the worst of Mother Nature, we have seen the best of humanity in Wide Bay’s response to these disasters, and I thank all those who have opened their hearts, their homes, and their wallets to help those affected by fire and drought.

In particular, I thank the rural fire brigades and emergency services who have worked so tirelessly to keep our communities safe. I know they will continue to work throughout the festive period, and I urge everyone to avoid adding to this workload by acting responsibly on the roads, and in the streets.

As we celebrate with family and friends, it is important to remember the people in our community who are less fortunate – those who have been affected by the recent natural disasters, or who have lost someone dear to them; the jobless; the sick; the homeless and the lonely – and consider what we might be able to do to bring them comfort.

From my family to yours, I hope everyone is able to celebrate a peaceful and safe Christmas, and wish all in Wide Bay a successful year in 2020.  


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In the spirit of Australia, I acknowledge all citizens who contribute to making our nation the greatest on earth.

I acknowledge our defence force personnel, past, present, and emerging, for their service to our nation, and particularly those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the defence of Australia.

I also acknowledge the Australian taxpayers who, through their hard work, pay for the infrastructure, health, education, and emergency services that keep our proud nation healthy, safe, and prosperous.