Lessons learned from Marcia’s fury in region

EDITORIAL: When I look back on the impact of Cyclone Marcia it is with a sense of wonder.

I still can't believe we came through that awesome storm without loss of life or serious injury.

I can recall vividly that surreal drive back to work as I found a way through the maze of fallen trees and powerlines.

I am still in awe of how the Central Queensland community pulled together to help each other through the challenges of that first day and the following weeks.

Who can forget the terrible humidity with most of us coping without any relief from fans and air-conditioners?

All the while the emergency services, army, council and Ergon crews were methodically working their way around the region helping victims, fixing transport routes, clearing debris and restoring power.

A couple of things I learned from the cyclone is how wonderful the night sky looks when there are no city lights to impact it and the painfully slow way that the Federal Government approves emergency disaster funding.

Our local MPs are not to blame here.

I feel it is the bureaucratic process that needs addressing.

When a cyclone this size (category 5, 4, 3, 2) rips through towns and cities it is obvious that there will be a level of damage that meets certain disaster funding levels.

So why not in future approve the funding based on previous examples and then deal with the individual applications as they come in?

One look at Kershaw Gardens could have been enough to tick the category D box on day one.

Instead we got short-changed and the ratepayers picked up the bill.

That's not to say I'm not grateful for the generous funding for the foreshore and riverbank projects but in my book we deserved this anyway for the advancement of the region.

It's an ill wind that blows no good, but that was a tough way to get it.



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