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Fears wild weather damage bill may top $30m

Thursday January 31, 2013 - 12:38 EDT

The Fraser Coast Mayor says this week's natural disasters have caused about $30 million worth of damage to public infrastructure.

Gerard O'Connell says the clean-up effort is continuing and the council is counting the cost of flooding in Maryborough and other areas, the tornado at Burrum Heads and damage to the Hervey Bay foreshore.

He says the flooding in rural areas like Tiaro will also have an ongoing economic impact on the region.

"That means that from a primary industries' perspective that's going to have a significant economic cost," he said.

"In Hervey Bay the damage done to the foreshore and particularly those foreshore businesses, we've got some cafes and businesses that have not only been providing for the tourists but for residents as well, there will be significant damage and suffering there.

"To the public infrastructure we're estimating it probably could be in excess of about $30 million, it's very early days.

"To private businesses and private homes the damage toll will be quite significant throughout our region."


- ABC

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