Recovery effort focuses on long term

THE Central Highlands Regional Council has established a recovery coordination group to plan and monitor the needs of the region.

“This group has been established to ensure that the recovery effort across the Central Highlands is focused, coordinated and meeting the needs of all sections of the community right across the region,” said CHRC Mayor Peter Maguire.

“This devastating flood event has impacted everyone in all areas of the state.

“In our neighbourhood, everyone has been affected, from our smallest townships, our largest employers, our rural industries, our retail sector, our residents.”

Four subgroups will focus on different areas of recovery: community and social, including accommodation and housing; the economy; the natural environment and built infrastructure including roads and transport.

These are consistent with the priority areas identified for the Queensland Recovery Taskforce led by Major General Mick Slater.

“The subgroups will have two key areas of work,” said Cr Maguire.

“The first of these will be providing recommendations for the future.

“These are the long-term strategies and proposals that will help bolster our resilience and recovery for the future.

“These will be fed through the coordination group’s chair Kerry Hayes to the different levels of government and other key stakeholders, including the State Recovery Taskforce.”

Cr Hayes said the most important principle of the recovery effort would be full community involvement.

“We want the community of the Central Highlands to be involved, and come forward with issues and problems that need fixing,” he said.

“This devastating flood event has impacted everyone in all areas of the state,”

CHRC Mayor Peter Maguire.

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