Rebuilding starts to repair $10 million Cyclone Marcia damage
NORTH Burnett Regional Council has started its reconstruction effort to repair more than $10 million worth of damage suffered as a result of Tropical Cyclone Marcia in February this year.
Deputy Premier and Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning Minister Jackie Trad said the council was well placed to successfully deliver the latest reconstruction program.
"Like many areas of Queensland, North Burnett Regional Council has really been tested by Mother Nature in the past few years and each time the council just gets back on to the job of rebuilding for its community," Ms Trad said.
"Council has done a great job on its Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA) reconstruction programs to repair damage from the 2011 and 2013 events, with 2013 in particular causing widespread damage and devastation."
"Council has only just completed works associated with 2013 events and is already rebuilding following this year's devastation.
"Since 2011, council has completed approximately $135 million worth of reconstruction works under NDRRA, so it is experienced in the job at hand," she said.
North Burnett Mayor Don Waugh said he once again asked people be patient as the works were being done.
"We will be working on the most damaged sections of the region first and with the majority of the damage in the Monto area, it is our starting point.
"Other areas we will carry on restoration works include Gayndah, Mundubbera, Biggenden and Mt Perry."
Ms Trad said the council would also be eligible to apply for funding as part of the $20 million Betterment Fund to re-build infrastructure damaged by Marcia to a stronger, more disaster-resilient standard.
""North Burnett Regional Council knows better than anyone the benefits of the betterment program.
"Following the 2013 flooding and cyclone events, the Commonwealth Government approved a jointly funded $80 million Betterment Fund with North Burnett Regional Council approved for eight projects with a total project cost of approximately $19 million, including approximately $7 million from the Betterment Fund.
"Some of the major projects included the Gayndah Mundubbera Rd and the Gayndah Water Intake. Both of these betterment projects were able to withstand the effects of Tropical Cyclone Marcia, remaining functional and with minimal damage."