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19 APRIL - THANKS FOR YOUR PATIENCE AS WE REBUILD SCENIC RIM

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Council is continuing to roll out a program of urgent repairs to restore critical road infrastructure damaged by recent storms and widespread flooding.

Mayor Greg Christensen said the damage caused by ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie was expected to exceed $40 million.

"This disaster event caused significant damage to parts of our road and bridge network, particularly our gravel roads and the shoulders of our sealed roads," he said.

"Initial estimates are the damage bill will exceed $40 million and it will take us some time to rebuild. To put this into a financial context, our budget for road and bridge maintenance and improvement in 2016-17 was $31.4 million.

"I'm asking the Scenic Rim community for its patience and understanding as Council undertakes urgent restoration works to key road infrastructure and as we roll out a longer term program of reconstruction across the region."

Cr Christensen said parts of the Scenic Rim had been disaster declared and Council would be eligible for reconstruction assistance under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA), funded jointly by the Queensland and Federal governments.

"If a road or bridge in your area was damaged, please be assured it will be repaired, but it will take time, we are looking at a recovery timeframe of at least 18 months," he said.

"All identified reconstruction projects need to be assessed and documented to ensure these meet the NDRRA funding criteria which is designed to deliver transparency and value for money for taxpayers.

"The good news is that Council has the experience of several years of restoration projects delivered under the NDRRA framework following the disaster events of 2010-11, 2012 and 2013.

"In the meantime, Council's priority is to undertake the most urgent restoration projects under the NDRRA emergent works period.

"What this may mean is that works which had been programmed for the coming months may need to be delayed or rescheduled, so I again ask for the understanding of the community and the travelling public."