Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson in Gracemere in October, 2012.
Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson in Gracemere in October, 2012.

State ministers flock out to flood affected areas in CQ

STATE ministers are flocking out to flood affected areas in Central Queensland today, including Rockhampton.

Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson will meet Rockhampton Mayor Margaret Strelow while inspecting the flood damage to major highways in the Rockhampton region.

They will be inspecting sections of Capricorn Highway and Burnett Highway.

Meanwhile, Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney and Local Government Minister David Crisafulli will visit flood affected communities in the Wide Bay Burnett including Monto, Gayndah, Kingaroy and Gympie.

Deputy Premier and Member for Callide Jeff Seeney and Local Government Minister David Crisafulli will visit the Burnett towns of Gayndah and Kingaroy to talk to local councils about beginning the flood recovery process.

The Deputy Premier will also visit Wondai and Murgon and hopes to inspect problems in Mundubbera while the Local Government Minister will also travel to Gympie.

Mr Seeney said while the flood crisis continued in some major coastal centres, the Newman Government was also very aware of the damage the floods had wrought in smaller communities.

Mr Seeney said the flood disaster in the South and North Burnett far exceeded that of 2011.

He said people in the region were struggling to deal with another major flood so soon after those of two years ago.

"The damage caused in North Burnett, Callide Valley, South Burnett and Bundaberg is unprecedented," Mr Seeney said.

"While the flood crisis continues downstream, most of the water has gone from the North Burnett and the struggle for people to get back on their feet begins.

"The key immediate tasks are to restore access to towns and properties and to get the power supply back across the region."

Mr Seeney said it was hoped generators could be moved into communities to help with power supply for essential services.

"Roads have been damaged in scores of locations and it's crucial that people are able to travel between communities, to get into town for supplies or to properties to deal with the many issues they must again confront."

Earlier Mr Seeney convened a teleconference with the Queensland Reconstruction Authority to ensure regional councils could get on with the immediate repair task.

"Both myself and the government will throw our full support behind local councils to clean up and start the initial repair work to get Queensland communities functioning again as soon as possible after the flood crisis has passed."



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