9 JUNE - STATE RECOGNISES COUNCIL'S ROLE DURING DISASTER
Scenic Rim Mayor Greg Christensen with the plaque presented by Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk in recognition of Council's contribution to the response and recovery efforts following Tropical Cyclone Debbie.
Council's contribution to the response and recovery efforts following Tropical Cyclone Debbie has been recognised along with the achievements of outstanding Queenslanders this week.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk presented Scenic Rim Mayor Greg Christensen with a commemorative plaque during Queensland Day celebrations honouring Queensland Greats for their contribution to the state.
Cr Christensen said the plaque recognised the valuable contribution of all Council staff who played a part during the response and recovery efforts after ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie dealt a devastating blow to the Scenic Rim region.
"Council staff worked tirelessly in response to the severe weather and flooding and have continued to be part of the recovery process," he said.
"This award is a tribute to the team in our Local Disaster Coordination Centre (LDCC), to those who worked in the field to restore critical infrastructure or provide community welfare services, and those who ensured continuity of our council functions.
"In the weeks since ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie, our local community and key decision-makers in the emergency services and State Government have spoken of the dedication and professionalism of our LDCC and Council staff."
Ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie caused some $40 million damage to the Scenic Rim's infrastructure that could take up to two years to rebuild.
This rebuilding will be supported under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA) by the State and Federal Governments which are also providing financial assistance to Scenic Rim communities.
"It will be a long road to recovery but Scenic Rim Regional Council is well-equipped for the task," Cr Christensen said.