Motorist punches council worker

9.05am: TENSIONS reached boiling point on the Central Highlands with a local council worker “punched in the head by an angry motorist” at a road closed sign as officials attempted to protect life and property during the Queensland floods.

The Emerald hearings of the Queensland Flood Commission Inquiry continue today.

Among the three witnesses left to take the stand will be Bill Wilkinson, the Central Highlands Regional Council’s local disaster coordinator.

Mr Wilkinson’s witness statement said the Council, State Emergency Service and Department of Transport and Main Roads were working together to close roads and “prevent people driving through” when the “angry motorist” punched the Council worker.

His statement also referred to a “very timely and appropriate” response to the floods across all agencies, and while commending the government agencies, his statement did list a lack of sandbags as a problem.

Mr Wilkinson also listed the use of two different radio frequencies by aircraft operating in the region as a “potential risk” in the future.

Also taking the stand today will be Central Highlands Mayor Peter Maguire and Emerald resident Alan Mann.



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