Quilpie Shire was inundated with much needed rain in the new year, with over 200mm falling in some parts of the Shire. However with that glorious rain, comes damage to local roads.
According to Quilpie Shire Council CEO, Dave Burges, an initial tour of local road damage means, to date, at least six roads have received significant damage including the Kyabra Rd, Coonaberry Creek Rd and the Mount Margaret Rd.
Since the flooding, Quilpie has been made eligible to receive assistance under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements or NDRRA.
Five other councils, including Murweh Shire Council, join Quilpie, after being added to the program today by the Minister for Fire and Emergency Services, Bill Byrne.
MP Byrne made a visit to Charleville earlier this week, taking in the significantly changed landscape.
“Earlier this week I travelled out to Western Queensland and it was great to see water in the creeks and green grass popping up along the highways,” Minister Byrne said.
“However, some communities have suffered due to the localised flooding and have been cut off to the rest of the state on and off since December 2015.
“It is critical that we provide assistance to these councils to allow them to either prepare or re-build following floods and excessive rainfall.”
Local councils can use funding from the NDRRA to combat the costs involved in protecting their communities. Things such as sandbagging, clean-up operations and repairing damage to infrastructure will all be covered by the NDRRA.
Quilpie will look at road damage and in the next couple of months hopes to make a submission to the NDRRA.
Murweh Shire Council also received some damage to local roads out towards Cooladdi, and will now wait for the NDRRA to come and assess the damage.