The King and Queen of the Netherlands visit Brisbane

04 Nov 2016

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Deputy Premier Jackie Trad joined Queensland Reconstruction Authority Chair Major-General Richard Wilson and other dignitaries in welcoming the King and Queen of the Netherlands to Brisbane.

Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima visited QUT in Brisbane to launch a flood management tool and summit.

Major-General Wilson presented to the royals and other dignitaries at QUT Gardens Point campus about Queensland’s experience following flooding in Southeast Queensland during the ‘summer of sorrow’ in 2010-11.

He provided details about the flooding in Brisbane and Ipswich that caused widespread damage, including the destruction of iconic infrastructure such as the Brisbane Riverwalk and seven Brisbane City Council CityCat ferry terminals.

The presentation also provided the King and Queen with information about Queensland’s reconstruction activities following natural disasters since 2010-11 and the steps the Queensland Reconstruction Authority has undertaken to rebuild a stronger, more disaster resilient Queensland.

Following the formalities at QUT, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima accompanied the Premier on a CityCat tour along the Brisbane River, viewing key sites along the river that had been severely impacted in 2010-11 and rebuilt and restored such as the ferry terminals, the Brisbane Riverwalk and the cultural precinct. 

QRA Chair Major General Richard Wilson (back to camera) meets King Willem-Alexander at QUT Gardens Point

Queen Máxima and King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands at QUT Gardens Point