Residents begin to return to Akeringa Place
  • Friday 01 July 2016
ImageTwo weeks after the severe weather event on June 19 that severely impacted properties in Akeringa Place, Mooloolaba, the first of the residents will begin to return to their homes over the coming days.

Council’s Director of Community Services Coralie Nichols said the Sunshine Coast Local Disaster Recovery Committee has officially stood down as the clean-up to the affected public areas in Akeringa Place was complete.

“As some residents are set to return to their homes, the Department of Communities will continue to work with impacted residents who are yet to access their properties due to damage and removal of waste,” Ms Nichols said.

“It is impressive how the community came together and supported each other during this weather event – this is testament to what makes the Sunshine Coast a special place.

“I would like to commend our key partners who worked together to assist affected residents. In particular organisations such as Department of Communities and St Vincent de Paul who assisted families with essential household items for their temporary accommodation and provided emotional support.

“I would also like to praise the Department of Housing and Public Works for how they promptly found alternative accommodation for their tenants and I am delighted to hear they will be returning to their units.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Queensland Police Service (QPS), Queensland Fire and Rescue Service (QFES) and the SES volunteers for their quick response to this severe weather event. QPS also provided ongoing surveillance and were pleased to report there were no incidents of looting at Akeringa Place.

“And last but not least, the council after-hours crews who turned up late at night and removed debris, and worked tirelessly to clean up the streets so they could be opened up as soon as possible.

“I have been advised individual body corporates, insurance companies and private contractors will continue to complete repairs and assess affected properties.

“While the Recovery Committee has stood down, we will continue to monitor the progress and talk to affected residents to ensure they receive ongoing emotional support.”

Council’s Disaster Hub website has all the information needed to be prepared before, during and after a severe weather event – including current disaster recovery activities.