Somerset Regional Council’s  engineers pictured with Mayor Graeme Lehmann at the Alf Williams interim bridge. From left: Operations Manager Tony Jacobs, Works Manager Andrew Johnson, Mayor Graeme Lehmann and Works Overseer Rob Bourchier.
Somerset Regional Council’s engineers pictured with Mayor Graeme Lehmann at the Alf Williams interim bridge. From left: Operations Manager Tony Jacobs, Works Manager Andrew Johnson, Mayor Graeme Lehmann and Works Overseer Rob Bourchier.

Community triumphs

THE start to 2011 brought with it many challenges for Somerset residents as the region experienced the worst floods in living memory.

Flooding in the entire region caused much hardship to the residents, business owners and employees as they faced the overwhelming task of rebuilding livelihoods and homes.

Somerset Regional Council mayor Graeme Lehmann said while the disaster was challenging, it brought many in the community together.

"I commend the volunteers and community service groups who helped out during the emergency and who have continued to work in our region since to assist those who may still not be in their homes, on their farms or back in their businesses," Cr Lehmann said.

"I also commend our residents on their resilience, patience and perseverance during this unprecedented event, and thank them for their hard work during the year.

"Somerset Regional Council was supported during and after the event by many groups and organisations outside the Somerset region, including volunteer assistance from councils and organisations across Australia, as well as state and federal government support."

Cr Lehmann said the region still had some way to go before it had completed the work that needed to be done.

"It will take some time still to complete the works to our damaged road and bridge network, and council is working hard to provide and interim safe road network to our community," he said.

"The work will continue for some time yet, but with the guts and determination of our community I am confident our region will be better than ever in the year to come."

Cr Lehmann was proud to be part of the team who worked hard to get the region on track.

"Council has put programs in place to make sure the region is ready for future disaster events and I am confident that in the future, council and the community will be better prepared."


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