Major General Richard Wilson.
Major General Richard Wilson.

Flood of progress in recovery

AS the Central Highlands and West nears the 12-month anniversary of the worst floods in history, residents anxiously watch the skies as they take it upon themselves to better prepare for more natural disasters.

Lengthy roadwork delays are a constant reminder their beloved region became awash with fetid floodwaters in the days after Christmas last year, causing widespread devastation and destruction.

But if ever there was a time for the resilience and inspiring strength of each and every flood victim to be acknowledged, the Chair of the Queensland Reconstruction Authority Major General Dick Wilson said it was now.

"In terms of reconstruction, it's about working with the local communities and we do that through the local councils to help them actually get that reconstruction under way," Maj-Gen Wilson said.

The QRA's Central Queensland Recovers booklet, released yesterday, detailed where the state was in terms of rebuilding.

Throughout the Central Queensland region, 43 affected state schools repaired to a

functional standard and more than $3 million in Personal Hardship Assistance Scheme grants have been paid, including $2.06 million in Emergent Assistance Grants.

It is one line of reconstruction under the Operation Queenslander plan which includes economic, environmental, building recovery, roads and transport, and community liaison and communication aspects.

"It gives a snapshot up until the end of November about what progress has been made across the state," Maj-Gen Wilson said.

He said the facts and figures dealt primarily with roads and infrastructure reconstruction, and conceded they were "relatively easily fixed" compared to healing human trauma.

"I don't want to overstate this, but if people have been through a Category 5 cyclone like Yasi or been through a devastating flood and lost photos and sentimental items like that, it is a matter that impacts on them very deeply."


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