Gary Russell clears debris from his front yard in Rockhampton on January 6. The flood inquiry will hear from Mayor Brad Carter on how the crisis was handled.
Gary Russell clears debris from his front yard in Rockhampton on January 6. The flood inquiry will hear from Mayor Brad Carter on how the crisis was handled. TORSTEN BLACKWOOD

Our flood hearing will be brief

THOUSANDS couldn't get to work, hundreds were evacuated, the airport was closed for a month, supplies ran short because the Bruce Highway was cut and some businesses never recovered.

But the official independent inquiry into the impact of the Queensland floods has allocated just one day to hear evidence in Rockhampton.

And much of that involves the effects on other communities like Theodore.

But Mayor Brad Carter, who will give evidence as the chairman of the local disaster management group, said he believed the inquiry was right to concentrate attention on the areas where there had been death and destruction.

“In some ways I see it as a positive that the commission believes it has no major issues to deal with here.

“There was no loss of life and I'm not concerned that only one day has been allocated. Whilst we had serious airport and highway damage we did not suffer on the same scale as Toowoomba, Lockyer Valley, Brisbane and Emerald.

“One could argue that our disaster management response was effective and appropriate.”



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