HEARTBREAK: Residents of the North Bundaberg exclusion zone were allowed to make a return visit to their homes today for the first time since the flood. Photo: Scottie Simmonds / NewsMail
HEARTBREAK: Residents of the North Bundaberg exclusion zone were allowed to make a return visit to their homes today for the first time since the flood. Photo: Scottie Simmonds / NewsMail Scottie Simmonds

Relocations, new dams and bridges on flood fightback agenda

RELOCATION plans like Grantham 2011, levee banks around towns, new dams and better bridges are all ''on the table'' for Queensland's 2013 flood recovery, the minister in charge said last night.

Townsville's former deputy mayor and the current Local Government Minister David Crisafulli will this morning be sworn in as Queensland's ''newest'' minister.

Mr Crisafulli will assume the extra responsibilities as the Minister for Local Government, Community Recovery and Resilience.

The former journalist and Townsville councillor will oversee the Queensland Reconstruction Authority in his new role.

Mr Crisafulli said no-one was underplaying the extent of the repairs, with damage estimates now closing on $26 billion.

Mundubbera, Eidsvold, Gayndah and Bundaberg appear the worst-hit towns.

More on this at Brisbanetimes.com.au

Premier appoints two more disaster co-ordinators

TWO more Disaster Recovery Coordinators have been appointed, alongside Deputy Police Commissioner Brett Pointing in a joint approach to the recovery and rebuilding of Queensland, following the recent natural disaster.

Premier Campbell Newman announced Colonel Don Cousins, AM, CSC will be responsible for the Northern Queensland region and Brigadier Bill Mellor, DSC, AM will look after the Southern Queensland region. Deputy Commissioner Pointing will coordinate efforts in the Bundaberg/North Burnett region.

"Queensland has suffered tremendously over the last couple of weeks, something we are sadly becoming all too familiar with, but that doesn't make it any easier," Mr Newman said.

"This disaster has devastated communities, ruined infrastructure, torn down homes, displaced hundreds of families and inconvenienced many more.

"The recovery will be a massive job and as each day passes we see more that needs to be done in towns and cities across the state.

"Each region has unique needs, and with the volume of work required, it makes sense that we divide responsibilities and spread the load.

"The Queensland spirit remains strong and I am determined to make sure we can rebuild and get people back in their homes and living normal lives as quickly as possible.

Mr Newman said the role of Colonel Cousins and Brigadier Mellor would be the same as DC Pointing; to ensure a cohesive recovery and reconstruction program.

"These men are very experienced and bring enormous expertise to the task at hand," he said.

"Increasing the number of Disaster Recovery Coordinators also allows them to have a sharper focus on the communities they are responsible for.

"They will work closely with locals as well as the Minister for Local Government, Community Recovery and Resilience, David Crisafulli.

"We are determined to make sure no-one and no-where is forgotten.

"With these men on the job and working closely together, I am confident the recovery can move ahead at speed and this state can get back on its feet."



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