Mayor Ron Dyne and Coast councillor Mark McDonald discuss the damage and a range of recovery assistance packages.
Mayor Ron Dyne and Coast councillor Mark McDonald discuss the damage and a range of recovery assistance packages. Contributed

Communities work together to help refloat stricken vessels

THE refloating of yachts and houseboats left high and dry at Tin Can Bay by the extreme weather of the Australia Day weekend would become a major community effort, Tin Can Bay Coastguard commander Harley Moss predicted yesterday.

Mr Moss said there were three stranded vessels the Coastguard was concerned about, but they were ultimately the responsibility of owners.

"We have a houseboat stuck up a creek across from the marina, there is a yacht in the mangroves close to Tin Can Bay and a 35-foot sloop opposite the Coastguard base," he said yesterday.

"We will do as much as we can to help, within our (emergency service) guidelines," he said.

Cooloola Coast councillor Mark McDonald said he and Mayor Ron Dyne had inspected the aftermath of the wild weather.

This had included "considerable foreshore erosion and loss of native flora along the shoreline, well as boats that were left high and dry due to the strong winds and tidal surges".

Cr Dyne said that although the damage was minor compared to some of the destruction he had seen around the region, he was deeply concerned about all who were suffering as a result of the devastation caused by ex-tropical cyclone Oswald.

Yesterday, governments at state and federal level were busily sorting out their respective roles in co-ordinating and delivering a range of flood assistance measures aimed at helping communities recover.

Local Government Minister David Crisafulli, now also Minister for Community Recovery and Resilience, called for federal help to make communities more resilient.

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