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4pm Wednesday 5 April - Flood recovery update

Published: 5 April 2017

4pm Wednesday 5 April - Flood recovery update

The Governor of Queensland, Paul de Jersey, and the State Recovery Coordinator, Brigadier Christopher Field, today inspected flood affected areas throughout the City of Logan.

The Governor inspected damage at Logan Village and met SES volunteers, hearing first-hand accounts of their experiences.

He praised their efforts, underscoring the importance of such a well-managed response, and thanked them for giving so generously, taking time off from their jobs and away from their families to assist others in need.

Flood impacted areas were also surveyed by Brigadier Field, Mayor Luke Smith, the Member for Waterford Shannon Fentiman, and the Chief Executive Officer of the Queensland Reconstruction Authority, Brendan Moon.

The group viewed extensive damage at Chardon Bridge Road in Cedar Creek and the Alan Wilkie Bridge (Stanmore Road) in Wolffdene.

Brigadier Field also met with Councillors and said he wanted to develop a recovery plan that focussed on the needs of the community in Logan and rebuilt priority infrastructure as soon as possible.

Recovery efforts

The recovery efforts continue across the city, with registered volunteers deployed at eight locations today. This operation will continue throughout the week.

A number of private volunteer groups – community and faith organisations – and individuals have been actively cleaning up around the city.

The Local Disaster Coordination Centre will officially stand down at 4pm today but Council will continue working with the Queensland Government, the Federal Government, and community organisations to aid the recovery.  

Council officers have visited a total 613 properties for reconnaissance and welfare checks since the floodwaters receded.

As at 2pm today, the number of flood affected houses was 61 confirmed in the Albert River catchment (two to be investigated) and 101 confirmed in the Logan River catchment (with 50 investigations underway).

Roads

Seven roads are yet to be cleared and formally opened.

  • Eagleby Road in Eagleby requires repairs and Vievers Road has repairs ongoing.
  • Chardon Bridge at Cedar Creek has sustained structural damage. This bridge was due to be replaced this month and will remain closed until works begin. Closure has been coordinated with Gold Coast City Council.
  • Logan Reserve Road at Waterford West remains completely closed.
  • River Road, Waterford, is covered in mud that is too dense to wash off. This will be cleaned tomorrow.
  • Veronica Court (Buccan Access Track) has been closed.
  • Blackbird Road at Beenleigh and Clark Road at Loganholme are being cleaned and will open soon.

Businesses

At least 22 businesses in the City of Logan have been affected, while the number of farms is being ascertained.

The Queensland Government has announced that the City of Logan has been activated for Category B assistance, which provides freight subsidies of up to $5,000, access to concessional loans of up to $250,000 for direct damage, and up to $100,000 for essential working capital at one per cent.

The Queensland Rural Adjustment Authority will administer the concessional loans for primary producers and small business.

Facilities

A total 29 parks remain closed and 302 are being inspected. There has been loss of playground soft-fall surfaces, silting of paths and turf, erosion and loss of assets, including playgrounds, bins, bollards, fences, gardens, shelters and barbecues.

Council is working to have a number of parks re-opened in time for the Easter holidays.

Electricity

Energex has moved to ‘green’ status, with two customers without electricity supply.

Waste disposal

Kerbside collection will take place in flood impacted areas as the need arises. Council is unable to supply skip bins. Please place your waste safely on the footpath for collection.

Free dumping is only available to people clearing flood debris and for those whose wheelie bins have not been collected.

Council's waste facilities are very busy and residents are asked to be mindful of potential queues over coming days.

Normal bin schedule has resumed and additional vehicles will be deployed to collect missed bins. Residents should leave their bins out for collection as soon as possible.

Assistance

Council’s customer care centres (Phone 3412 3412) continue to take a large volume of calls, mainly from residents requiring information on assistance available.

The Beenleigh Recovery Hub, at the Beenleigh Event Centre (corner Crete and Kent Streets), is open from 9am to 5pm on weekdays.

Community recovery teams are also visiting residents and discussing their eligibility for hardship assistance, further grants, and referrals if required.

If you require assistance, please contact Council on 3412 3412 or access application forms via this link: http://disaster.logan.qld.gov.au/useful-contacts/report-flooding-and-request-assistance

For personal support Lifeline is available on 13 11 14.

Donations                                                                    

All monetary donations can be made directly through:

Goods and services can be donated to GIVIT through its website: www.givit.org.au

Media inquiries: Media Advisor Jacqui Donegan – 0413 154 865 or jacquidonegan@logan.qld.gov.au