Public asked to help plan recovery

THE Lockyer Valley is on the road to recovery – albeit a slow one.

A draft copy of the Lockyer Valley Community Recovery Plan has been released to the public for comment this week – the first of many steps needed to aid in the region’s flood recovery.

Lockyer Valley Regional Council has formulated the guide which concentrates on the rebuilding of the region’s communities, public assets and economic future.

The recovery plan has been released for comment two months after flash flooding wreaked havoc in many Lockyer Valley communities, killing 17 people in Grantham alone.

Lockyer Valley Mayor Steve Jones described the 32-page plan as a “roadmap for seeing a way forward”.

“The floods led to death and devastation. They have had a terrible impact on most people in the Lockyer Valley,” Cr Jones said.

“Our community of 37,000 people was left reeling.

“This Lockyer Valley Community Recovery Plan has been developed to help us move forward.

“It’s a long road ahead but we will walk it together.”

The draft plan will be discussed with residents, the business community, primary producers and external stakeholders later this month and Cr Jones said it would be amended as a result of this consultation and feedback.

“The plan recognises the importance of feedback and advice to council from all sectors of the community on all aspects of the recovery,” he said.

Among several issues addressed in the document is the adequate coverage and reliability of telecommunications across the Lockyer Valley, which the plan says must be addressed in the next year.

It also recommends the establishment of a Lockyer Valley Recovery Reference Group, with local community representation and the establishment of a physical community hub in each affected town.

“In consultation with the community, appropriate public memorials and memorial services will acknowledge the significant loss of life and property as a result of the events of December 2010 and January 2011, particularly January 10,” Cr Jones said.

The plan, which it is hoped will truly represent the whole community, can be viewed at www.lockyervalley.qld.gov.au



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