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Cassowary Coast flood fix to cost millions

Friday February 1, 2013 - 11:14 EDT

The Mayor of the Cassowary Coast says the damage bill from last week's heavy rain will be costly.

Many of the region's roads were cut due to flooding in the wake of ex-tropical cyclone Oswald.

Mayor Bill Shannon says he will be seeking disaster relief funding.

"We don't know how much it's going to cost," he said.

"We've done estimates and put it in the $5 million to $10 million range and we will need to lodge a NDRRA claim - Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements - for the damage from last week's event."

Meanwhile, the Mayor says the community is pitching in to help repair the landscape two years on from cyclone Yasi.

The council secured disaster relief funding to restore and revegetate the region's beaches and foreshores.

Councillor Shannon says thousands of seedlings will be planted at Tully Heads, Hull Heads, South Mission Beach and Wongaling Beach in the coming months.

"People are keen to contribute and they're certainly keen to see the natural beauty of the area return," he said.

"I'm very grateful for that because it literally does save the ratepayers the money."


© ABC 2013

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