The Coast isn’t clear – yet
  • Tuesday 18 January 2011

Plans are in motion for Sunshine Coast Council technical staff to meet requests from our neighbouring and other regional councils in restoring their services.

Road construction crews and environmental health officers are already being galvanised to head out to assist Gympie Council, and a vector control crew is being sent out to Dalby. Council is also sending several bus loads of staff to Brisbane to assist in their massive clean up efforts.

Mayor Bob Abbot said there while there was still much to do here on the Coast, providing help to the councils in our local area initially would minimise the strain on resources while our roads are re-opened and landslips secured.

“We dodged a bullet this time round as far as major damage was concerned,” Cr Abbot said.

“But that doesn’t mean all our own problems have been put to bed.”

About 35 roads are still closed or impacted due to flooding, and damage to some Coast sporting complexes, beaches, walking tracks and playgrounds is currently being dealt with.

Some 45 landslips and washouts around the Coast have been assessed by geo-technical engineers this week with reports to council expected back on Friday.

But the mayor said it was important we also help fellow councils in the south-east.

“Local government is one big family – and it could be our turn next time,” he said.

Cr Abbot said a further addition to the $20,000 initially donated to the Premier’s Appeal would be considered at council’s first meeting of 2011, on January 25.