Ipswich added to disaster list

IPSWICH has joined the list of 41 Queensland councils that are eligible for natural disaster relief and recovery assistance.

Lockyer Valley, Somerset and the Scenic Rim are also among the disaster-declared councils.

Queensland Deputy Premier Paul Lucas said the bill for the replacement of public assets damaged by floods and heavy rain was likely to exceed $1 billion.

Ipswich Local Disaster Management Group (LDMG) deputy chairman Trevor Nardi said the city would have made the list for one of two reasons; the damage bill exceeding more than $800,000 or people lodging claims for hardship.

He said while the full extent of damage was unknown, River Heart Parklands and Colleges Crossing would require repairs.

With Colleges Crossing likely to be clear of water today, Cr Nardi said council officers would be able to begin inspecting damage.

Lockyer Valley Regional Council Mayor Steve Jones said a number of roads, particularly south of Mt Sylvia towards Junction View, had sustained significant damage.

Cr Jones said with some road crossings, such as McGarrigals Bridge, completely washed away local residents were expected to be inconvenienced for some time.



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