Outback councils fear flood fix deadlineBy Chrissy Arthur, Wednesday December 12, 2012 - 10:25 EDT
Chief executive officers from 10 western Queensland councils say they are worried their workforces may run out of time to complete flood restoration roadworks.
The CEOs have met in Brisbane with Major General Dick Wilson, the head of the state's reconstruction authority.
Blackall CEO Ken Timms says they have been told help under the reconstruction program will end in June 2014.
He says remote councils have some unique challenges including the annual wet season which can halt work for months.
"I suppose it is the time frame that is of concern to us," he said.
"We've had a couple of major wets in a row and we are trying to keep ahead of it.
"Also there's a shortage of people out here to undertake the works.
"That puts a major stress on us - telling us we have 18 months to go to have it all completed."
He says council CEOS will talk to their respective mayors to see some type of extensions can be considered.
"We've had two floods - the one in 2010/'11 councils are just finishing now and then we had the 2011 and 2012 event," he said.
"Around this time of the year our wet starts to come in and you lose three months."
© ABC 2012
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