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Government confident of better flood proofing

By Eric Tlozek, Wednesday February 6, 2013 - 13:18 EDT
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Queensland Community Recovery Minister David Crisafulli says there has never been a better time to push for better infrastructure. - ABC

The Queensland Government says it is determined to get flood-affected communities back on their feet - regardless of the reconstruction costs.

Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney is touring flood-ravaged North Bundaberg today.

He says the government's priority is to repair infrastructure as quickly as possible, no matter how much it costs.

"Paying for it will be a problem , but it will be a problem that we will address down the track," he said.

The State Government wants federal disaster funding regulations changed to allow key infrastructure to be built to new, flood-proof standards, instead of being replaced.

Community Recovery Minister David Crisafulli says there has never been a better time to push for that change.

"We have a window in time to actually grab this," he said.

Repairs are continuing on roads and bridges in Bundaberg that are closed, and on the city's damaged natural gas pipeline.


- ABC

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