Works continue to fix Amamoor Creek Rd. It was washed away during January’s flood; about 30% of the road has been repaired and the council hopes to have it open by next month.
Works continue to fix Amamoor Creek Rd. It was washed away during January’s flood; about 30% of the road has been repaired and the council hopes to have it open by next month. Renee Pilcher

Flood money problems for council

THE State Government announced on Monday that another council would join the list of those who had received some money for emergency flood works.

But Gympie Regional Council Works and Services Committee Chairman Larry Friske said more money was needed here now.

So far the council has received $3.7 million but the claim put to the government was near the $11 million mark.

“It’s causing a cash flow problem at the moment. We had to pay it in the short term, we know we will get it all back but we don’t know when,” he said.

He hoped the Queensland Reconstruction Authority would release more money to the council, so more works could be undertaken.

Since the initial emergency repairs had been undertaken, the council has only had funding approval in the restorative works stage to repair Amamoor Creek Rd.

But Cr Friske said there was a long list of projects that needed funding.

“We can’t do anything until we get the approval. We need the money,” he said. “We’d be really grateful if we got more.”

In the meantime, Cr Friske said, workers were undertaking maintenance jobs.

The list of funding provided by the State Government revealed the South Burnett Regional Council had received $25.9 million – the third highest amount handed out below Brisbane ($54 million) and the Lockyer Valley (37.8 million) – which was not a typo as Cr Friske first thought.

A spokesman for Premier Anna Bligh’s office confirmed the amount yesterday.

Cr Friske said he did not understand why the South Burnett had received so much.

Nearby Fraser Coast Council had been given $2.1 million, and the Sunshine Coast $693,000.

Cr Friske said the council had also received $1 million towards the $1.8 million cost of council labour during the first stage of works.

But he did not know if more funding for labour would come.

The Gympie Times has asked the QRA when more funding will be approved; see story tomorrow.

Gympie Times


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