- Thursday 23 February 2012
The high winds and heavy rain that stormed through Cooroy yesterday took a heavy toll on the town and Sunshine Coast Council is assisting with the cleanup.
Council and emergency services crews worked through the night to clean debris, put tarpaulins on roofs and restore power in the area. Council has also deployed all available Parks and Gardens crews and arborists to help remove fallen trees in the area.
Division 12 Councillor Lew Brennan said that council was also offering a special service to locals to help clean up the damage.
"Council crews will be collecting green waste from the nature strips of local residences for the next 48 hours and the Cooroy Transfer Station on Mary River Road would also accept green waste generated from yesterday’s storm free of charge until Friday 24 February."
"For local who wish to take advantage of this free service at the Cooroy Transfer Station, please be patient because there may be delays at the facility due to increased usage," he said.
Officers from Council's Economic Development Branch have also been visiting local businesses to see what their needs are and offer assistance.
Cr Brennan was full of praise for the local organisations had worked hard to remove damaged infrastructure in Cooroy and ensure the town was re-opened for traffic and business today.
"The State Emergency Service, the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service, the local Police and council crews have all done a great job in working together to clean up the damage and assisting locals in need," he said.
"There is still a lot of work to be done in Cooroy and I appeal to people to please stay away from the township unless it is absolutely necessary to be there to enable emergency crews and locals to continue their cleanup efforts."