A MESSAGE OF GRIEF; event coordinator Kathryn Stevens with organisers; Jordan Bennett, Danita Potter, Kristy Frahm, and Michael Monk.
A MESSAGE OF GRIEF; event coordinator Kathryn Stevens with organisers; Jordan Bennett, Danita Potter, Kristy Frahm, and Michael Monk. Madeline Grace

Where to express your grief and show support

THE Shoulder to Shoulder community event gave South Burnett locals the opportunity to express their grief and show support following the string of fatal crashes on the region's roads.

They can continue to do so at the Kingaroy Library.

A small ornamental tree took pride of place at the Monday night event, its branches waiting to be filled with expressions of grief and support.

"We have a couple of tree branches which we are encouraging people to tie ribbons to and attach a note to," event co-ordinator Kathryn Stevens told the crowd.

"We'd really love for people to get involved and write a message to then tie onto the tree.

"The tree will be at the Kingaroy Library so people can go and write a message in a more private setting."

Regional leaders such as South Burnett Regional Council Mayor Keith Campbell, Deputy Mayor Kathy Duff, and Nanango MP Deb Frecklington attended the event and left a note on the tree to express their grief and show their support to the first responders involved.

"I think it's good way for people to express their grief and process their feelings," Ms Stevens said.

"The aim is to show support for each other as a community while also showing support for those affected by the tragic fatalities, so our first responders, and again their family and friends, and just anyone who feels as if this has touched them.

"Because if you have been touched, sometimes a gesture such as this can help you to process your grief."

Ms Stevens said she was eagerly anticipating her turn to leave a note on the tree.

"My message will be one of gratitude," she said.

"It's not everybody who can be a first responder. A policeman or an ambulance or an SES worker. It's not everybody who go out and put their own thoughts and feelings aside as they deal with these fatalities through their work.

"My message will be thank you for all of the work that you do and goodness gracious I really hope you don't have to do anything like this ever again."

Make your way on over to the Kingaroy Library if you would like to leave a message on the community tree.