Governor-General begins tour of flood-affected towns
UPDATE 1:15pm: Patients airlifted from Bundaberg Hospital to Brisbane have been paid an honorary visit from the Governor-General and Queensland Premier with one vocal patient evening earning himself $5.
Governor General Quentin Bryce arrived in Queensland this morning and headed straight to a briefing at the Emergency Management headquarter in Brisbane, where Police Commissioner Ian Stewart and Premier Campbell Newman enlightened her to the flood crisis gripping the state.
Just before lunchtime Governor Bryce and Mr Newman paid a visit to five patients airlifted from the Bundaberg Hospital yesterday to the Royal Brisbane and Women's' Hospital.
The patients shook hands with the honorary guests and some explained they did not yet know the fate of their homes.
Mr Newman pulled $50 out of his pocket and gave it to one patient who complained about having to pay $30 to rent a TV in his hospital room.
Ms Bryce will now make her way to Laidley and Grantham to meet volunteers and flood victims.
"I am so grateful to have this opportunity to be here and see for myself how people are going and to be able to express to them the care and concern all our fellow Australians have right across our country," she told media outside the hospital.
Mr Newman spent yesterday in Bundaberg, watching the same patients being airlifted to safety and medical care in Brisbane.
"It was extremely traumatic for them," he remarked.
The Premier will hold a briefing on the weather situation at 2pm.
EARLIER: Australia's Governor-General Quentin Bryce will visit Bundaberg residents in a Brisbane hospital this morning as she begins a tour of flood-affected towns in Queensland and northern New South Wales.
Ms Bryce will receive a briefing on the flood situation in Queensland when she visits Emergency Management HQ in Brisbane this morning.
From there she will go to Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital where she will meet patients who were evacuated from flood-ravaged Bundaberg earlier in the week.
This afternoon she will meet residents and volunteers in Laidley, Grantham and Withcott.
On Friday Ms Bryce will inspect the damage wrought on the Clarence Valley by this week's record flood.
She will attend an emergency briefing and barbecue lunch for volunteers and residents affected by the flooding
Later on Friday she will be in Central Queensland at attend an emergency briefing in Bundaberg.
Ms Bryce will also meet volunteers and residents, visit flood-affected properties and attend a community barbecue.