Support floods in for Valley
FINANCIAL assistance is pouring in for flood-ravaged parts of the Lockyer Valley.
The Federal Government yesterday vowed to foot the bill for emergency repairs in the Lockyer Valley “disaster zone” which has left hundreds of residents isolated since before Christmas.
Lockyer Valley Regional Council Mayor Steve Jones welcomed the emergency funding from the Federal Government but admitted more would be needed from both governments to restore order in the affected communities.
“It's hard to tell at the moment what the full cost of the damage will be because floodwaters are still covering a lot of the area, but it could easily exceed $70 million,” Cr Jones said.
“Several main roads have been washed away and plenty of bridges too. It's all got to be fixed and we just don't have the funds to do it without help.”
Federal Minister for Regional Development and Local Government Simon Crean is due to visit the area today with Member for Blair Shayne Neumann.
Cr Jones said he was “bitterly disappointed” that no one from the Main Roads department had been in contact with him about repairing one of the region's worst-affected roads.
“Mt Sylvia Road at Mt Sylvia has been completely destroyed. No one can cross it because half of the road is missing, yet no one from Main Roads has bothered to contact me or let me know what they are doing about it,” he said.
“Our council staff have been working around the clock trying to get into contact with Main Roads trying to get some help, but we've received nothing as yet.”
A Transport and Main Roads spokeswoman confirmed the worst affected section was between Mt Sylvia Road and Lunds Road intersection.
“The State Government is responsible for repairing state-controlled roads. Lockyer Valley has already been allocated Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA) funding to assist them with repair works on council-controlled roads,” the spokeswoman said.
“The full extent of the damage is impossible to quantify right now, and might not be known for many months to come.” Mt Sylvia, Woodbine, Junction View, West Haldon and Black Duck areas are isolated.
Residents should phone the Australian Government Emergency Assistance Hotline on 180 22 66 or the Queensland Rural Adjustment Authority 1800 623 946.