Council assisting disaster recovery efforts in North Burnett
  • Wednesday 13 February 2013

Sunshine Coast Council has sent a number of disaster management assistance personnel to the North Burnett region to support residents recovering from the massive effects of ex-tropical cyclone Oswald.

Sunshine Coast Local Disaster Management Group chair Mayor Mark Jamieson said two vector control teams have followed the departure of two Disaster Coordination Centre officers last week.

“While the media focus has been upon Bundaberg and the huge disaster there, the smaller communities of Gayndah, Mundubbera, Eidsvold and Abercorn in the North Burnett region were all hit hard as well,” he said.

“At the request of North Burnett Regional Council we supplied the two Disaster Coordination Centre staffers to assist in the coordination of response and recovery operations in Gayndah.

“Then last Friday we additionally despatched a couple of our Pest and Vector teams north to Mundubbera where they will spray for black fly, mosquito and other pests in the towns of Gayndah, Mundubbera, Eidsvold and Abercom.

“There can be nothing worse for residents than being infested by hordes of biting insects when you are already trying to come to terms with a huge personal disaster.”

This was the third year running in which council has sent vector teams to other regions to assist in insect outbreak control, the mayor said.

“We have had teams out as far as Chinchilla and Dalby in recent years – they are always a welcome sight for flood-ravaged communities,” he said.

Mayor Jamieson said Sunshine Coast Council remained ready to meet other requests for assistance from neighbouring councils hit by ex-tropical cyclone Oswald.