LIEUTENANT Tom Close and Sergeant James Thomas were among 60 soldiers working to restore Frenchman's Creek yesterday morning.

And in great news for the Rockhampton region, the Department of Defence yesterday confirmed the ADF Emergency Support Force would continue doing its great work in the region until March 12.

Townsville's Lt Close said a contingent of soldiers and Defence Force engineers were already on the ground in Rockhampton and Yeppoon helping where they could.

"We have been rotating through local primary and secondary schools helping make their grounds safe for students to return," he said.

"Over the next few days, our time will be spent clearing fallen trees and weeds from waterways.

"There is plenty of work to be done around the region to help alleviate flooding and stop further damage."

The North Queensland unit lined Frenchman's Creek yesterday helping clear debris from the water lines.

"We are aiming to prevent future flooding by removing all obstacles and clearing any excess build-up in the waterways and under bridges," Lt Close said.

"We will do as much of the initial mediation as possible before handing it over to the local council and civilians to maintain.

"The restoration efforts will take several months."

The Townsville unit deployed 127 soldiers on Monday with another 230 on stand-by.

"We were all out field before we were deployed to Central Queensland so we are used to the heat," Sgt Thomas said.

"We haven't been given a definite date of how long we will be here for there are plenty of uprooted trees and weeds to keep us busy."



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