More disaster relief for council
GYMPIE Regional Council has received an additional $200,000 of disaster assistance to help cover the cost of emergency works required in the aftermath of flooding that swept through the region in April this year.
Local Government Minister Desley Boyle said the floods in Gympie last April caused havoc throughout the region damaging bridges, roads and other essential infrastructure.
“Flooding can be dangerous - during the floods in Gympie several people actually needed to be rescued from floodwaters by emergency services workers,” she said.
“In times like these emergency works are critical, that means ensuring roads and footpaths are clear of debris and that road and safety signage is in place.
“Gympie Regional Council was left with the big job of cleaning up the region and getting the road network back up to scratch to ensure businesses could get back to work and people could get back to their day-to-day routines.
“Damages sustained during the flood were considerable and that is why the State and Commonwealth Governments have provided an additional $208,195 to help cover the costs of repairing assets including ramps, culverts and signs.
“This means that $1,893,793 has been provided to council to assist with the clean up and repairs. Council has also played their part contributing $214,000.”
Since July 2004 more than $5.53 million in disaster assistance had been supplied to Gympie Regional Council and former Cooloola, Kilkivan and Tiaro under Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery arrangement.