LVRC responds to aftermath

THE Lockyer Valley Regional Council has called for some issues to be resolved in the wake of the January 2011 flood disaster.

According to CEO Ian Flint, areas that need to be addressed include the accommodation of additional resources, determining insurance considerations, and making arrangements for structurally unsound or unsafe buildings or structures in conjunction with property owners and insurance companies.

“The business of council has had to be reprioritised out of necessity to focus on the more immediate needs,” Mr Flint said.

“Reassignments of priorities will be ongoing as the organisation adjusts the scope of business to include recovery as an additional area of business.”

Other priorities on LVRC's agenda includes the housing of residents that are still displaced, the rebuilding of affected communities, with one-on-one interviews with people in areas that were worst affected.

They will also address the logistics of co-ordination of donations and offers of assistance from the community, providing space for donated goods, and management of volunteers.

Council will also look at legislative timeframes impacting on businesses, fees and charges, getting telecommunications and utility services up and running, and providing options for waste disposals as landfill facilities have reached capacity.

Mr Flint said council had responded well in the “extremely demanding circumstances” but resources had been stretched.

“Councillors and council officers have worked tirelessly and unselfishly in attending to emergency responses and recovery efforts,” he said.

“Council continues to work closely with government agencies, emergency services, other local governments, contractors and volunteers through the recovery phase.”

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