Flood repair work held up
RESTORATION works required across Gladstone and Biloela local government areas as a result of the floods earlier this year are being held up by bureaucratic red tape.
Banana Shire Council has handed in its submission for restoration works, the second part of the natural disaster assistance funding, while Gladstone Regional Council has only put in for emergent works to date. Both are still waiting for submissions to be ticked off.
Banana Shire councillors moved on Wednesday to start restoration works ahead of the submission tick-off to ensure completion before the next wet season, which starts in December.
Banana's works manager John Gwydir explained the problem in terms of losing a roof, which had been patched up temporarily with a tarp that, if not fixed completely before the next wet season, had a strong likelihood of more permanent damage to the whole house, which was what councillors were concerned about.
“We had parts of the shire where people couldn't get out of their properties for up to eight weeks,” Mr Gwydir said.
He said projects included Glenhoughton Road, Flagstaff Road, Broadmere Road and the Taroom to Injune Road.
Gladstone chief executive officer Graeme Kanofski said council had three months after the event to lodge a claim for “emergent” work.
“We did this within the timeframe at the end of May,” he said
Mr Kanofski said the claim is for $588,733.
He said council has six months to lodge a claim for “restoration” works. Council expected to submit its claim in the next couple of weeks.
“We are expecting the first claim to be paid in the next few weeks,” Mr Kanofski said.
Mr Gwydir said, however, considering that there only two local government areas in Queensland that weren't deemed natural disaster areas, and the range of government departments and businesses that would also have submissions in for funding, he understood the time delay.
According to a Queensland Emergency Services document, local governments have their submissions assessed by the Department of Local Government, Department of Planning and the Department of Sports and Recreation.