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Flood recovery to take time

By Frances Adcock and Jo Skinner, Tuesday April 9, 2013 - 10:48 EST

South Burnett Mayor Wayne Kratzman says it will take at least a year to get flood affected parts of the region back to normal.

Councillor Kratzman says the region's road and infrastructure bill is expected to top $60 million but repair works will be done better than in 2011.

He says he will meet the Queensland Reconstruction Authority (QRA) on a regular basis to discuss the recovery efforts.

"If there is an issue on a certain road ... we need to fix all the road up the first time, not do one section and then come back and do another section as well," he said.

"I think also, I guess hindsight is a good thing but we have been able to see after those floods after 2011, then getting those two hits in 2013, we've been able to see some of [the] repair work hasn't worked and we need to find a better way to do that."

He says communication between authorities has improved since the 2011 floods.

"Certainly we've learnt some things and I think QRA have as well," he said.

"From what happened after 2011 I think the common sense principle last time wasn't used as much as it should have been.

"But this time ... when we are asking the relevant questions they are being answered positively and we've been able to get people's lives back to normal as much as we can."

Gympie

Meanwhile, Gympie Mayor Ron Dyne also says it will take at least another 12 months for his region to fully recover from this year's floods.

Cr Dyne says the city is back in business but farmers are still struggling to repair their properties.

He says many still cannot plant crops.

"The business areas are back to normal," he said.

"They've all been cleaned out and they're working again but our primary producers have taken a major impact also and we shouldn't forget them.

"They'll take at least another year before they can get their paddocks in some semblance to be able to plant crops and get all their fencing into some order."


- ABC

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