IN THE wake of damage caused by Cyclone Ita, Queensland Premier Campbell Newman has appointed Police Inspector Kevin Guteridge to head recovery efforts for the affected regions.
Mr Newman said Insp Guteridge had significant experience in disaster recovery, having led efforts after Cyclone Oswald devastated the Bundaberg region last year.
"Inspector Guteridge is a well-respected police officer with proven and exemplary coordination skills," Mr Newman said.
"After Oswald devastated Bundaberg and North Burnett it was the work of Inspector Guteridge and his team who oversaw the complete rebuild of the region.
"He will now appoint and lead a team to begin reconstruction of the areas worst affected by Cyclone Ita effective immediately."
Mr Newman said the severe system was still classed as a Category One cyclone and was currently making its way down the coast.
"While this is an active Cyclone obviously the final extent of the damage may not be known for a number of days," he said.
"However, I have full confidence that no matter how large the recovery effort becomes, Inspector Guteridge is the right person for the job."