Flood repair funding of $18.6 million from the State Government has begun to flow to the Rockhampton region.
Flood repair funding of $18.6 million from the State Government has begun to flow to the Rockhampton region. FILE

Flood repair budget announced

ROCKHAMPTON Regional Council will get $18.6 million to kick-start its flood repair program, Anna Bligh announced yesterday.

It has been allocated by the Queensland Reconstruction Authority as an early down-payment on the $100 million the council says it needs to fix the damage caused by January's extensive flooding.

The authority is working its way through submissions by more than 60 local councils and it will take time to validate them.

And while the final damage bill for councils is likely to be more than $2 billion, the Premier said 44 councils had now been allocated $387 million so they could start with the job of reconstructing the state's road network.

Fourteen councils benefited from yesterday's announcement and Ms Bligh said those councils which were yet to get any funding need not be concerned as there would advances available for them too.

While a number of councils have received payments greater than Rockhampton's $18.6 million allocation, most have received much less.

The biggest interim payment so far has gone to Brisbane City Council ($54.29 million). Lockyer Valley Regional Council has received $37.8 million and Ipswich City Council got $20.7 million.



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