The Bundaberg Region continues to mark its respect for Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II after the monarch passed away last week.
Mayor Jack Dempsey offered his condolences to the royal family on behalf of the local community.
“The Bundaberg Region has a special connection to Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II,” Mayor Dempsey said.
“During her first royal tour of Australia in March 1954 she was accompanied by her husband His Royal Highness Prince Phillip, The Duke of Edinburgh, to Bundaberg where she captured the hearts of our community members.
“May she rest in peace.”
In accordance with Australian national flags protocols, the region’s flags have been flown at half-mast position as a sign of mourning since Friday 9 September and will continue to do so until after Her Majesty’s funeral.
Protocols are put in place for Queensland local governments which also confirm that the Bundaberg Region’s Australian citizenship ceremony scheduled for Friday 16 September can take place as normal.
Mayor Dempsey said many residents wished to offer a personal tribute to The Queen and Council was encouraging them to submit an online message of condolence through the Queensland Government.
This reiterates the advice issued by Buckingham Palace which is also hosting an online Book of Condolence.
The website says messages will be passed on to members of the Royal Family and retained by Queensland State Archives.
“For any residents that need assistance in accessing Queensland’s online message of condolence submissions page, Council staff throughout the region are only too happy to help,” Mayor Dempsey said.
“Staff at our libraries in Childers, Gin Gin and Bundaberg or at any Council Service Centre will be able to assist residents to access the site and submit their message.”
Council facilities closed for National Day of Mourning
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese also announced a National Day of Mourning in honour of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, to be held on Thursday 22 September.
All Council service centres and facilities will be closed for this public holiday however waste collection services and waste facilities will operate as per normal.
Residents whose bin collection day falls on a Thursday are encouraged to place their bins on the kerbside for collection the night prior as collections do start earlier than normal on public holidays.