Flood recovery work continues six months on
IT IS the six-month anniversary this week of the floods that devastated Queensland and destroyed everything in their path in parts of the Gympie region.
Community Recovery and Resilience Minister David Crisafulli asked and answered the question this week: "What have we done about it?"
He said one of the biggest insights into the pace of the state's recovery was the fact councils like Gympie Regional Council had sent work out to contract in record time, with some areas taking less than a quarter of the time to get their tenders out compared with 2011.
"This has not happened by chance," he said.
"The will of councils to help their people has been unchanged. The difference is that this year, the 57 local government areas activated for disaster funding received the full support of the state to remove any obstacle, big or small, that needed to be cleared to let them get on with recovery work.
"For the first time, rebuilding after a natural disaster, the Queensland Government secured federal funding to help councils rebuild differently rather than replace the same, vulnerable infrastructure.
"We asked for $100 million, got $40 million, and matched it dollar for dollar to roll out a rebuilding program that builds stronger, smarter public infrastructure after a disaster than we've built before.
"This $80 million Betterment Fund falls well short of the desired $200 million, but we'll drive value for money with every project to make each taxpayer dollar do the maximum amount of good."
Gympie Mayor Ron Dyne agreed.
"The minister highlights how councils have improved their performance but it also needs to be said that Queensland Reconstruction Authority and the Minister have made it easier for councils to achieve," he said.
"Gympie Regional Council has always found it good to work with QRA.
"At the end of the day it is about co-operation between agencies to achieve a cost effective outcome for residents of this great state."