Damages hit $176m
THE Lockyer Valley Regional Council will discuss the preliminary estimate of the repair bill for Council roads and drainage infrastructure following the worst floods in living memory.
Australia's worst flood leaves Council with a massive repair bill, initially estimated at $176 million but is expected to climb to at least $500 million, according to mayor Steve Jones.
The preliminary estimate for restoration has been prepared by international engineering consultancy firm, Aurecon.
The cost of repairing other Council infrastructure, such a sporting fields and community buildings, is yet to be fully itemised.
At a meeting of full Council, the Lockyer Valley's civic leaders were told that international engineering and management consultant company, Aurecon, had provided a preliminary estimate of $176 million to repair the Council's roads and drainage assets.
Cr Jones said the Council's total budget for 2010 to 2011 was $68 million.
“This massive repair bill obviously is beyond the capacity of our Council and our ratepayers,” Cr Jones said.
“Our region was at the centre of the most devastating flooding disaster in Australia's living memory.
“It hit hardest and most devastatingly in the Lockyer Valley, where tragically, there have been 17 confirmed flood-related deaths in places like Spring Bluff, Murphys Creek, Grantham and Postmans Ridge.
“Sadly, people still are missing, and many of those coming to terms with the death of loved ones also have lost their homes and livelihoods.
“Too many people died, too many people have lost people they love, too many people had their lives and livelihoods turned inside out.
“And, too much of our economic and social infrastructure was wrecked and damaged.
“The Lockyer Valley's massive recovery and rebuilding phase will require significant additional resources and money from the Federal Government, as well as the State Government, Council and the community and business sectors.”
Cr Jones said many properties had been totally destroyed in the floods, more were beyond repair, and a huge number had sustained significant damage.
“About 80 per cent of Council's road network was damaged in some way. Parts of roads that took a lifetime to build were wiped away, or damaged in minutes,” he said.
“Almost everyone knows someone who has been affected in one way or another, the population wants to move ahead.”