$4.5 million for cyclone repairs

MORE than $4.5 million in disaster funding was put forward by State Government this week to help Whitsunday Regional Council meet the costs of emergency repairs required in the aftermath of cyclones earlier this year.

Local government minister Desley Boyle said the cyclones this year reminded residents of the destruction cyclone season could bring.

"Tropical cyclone Ului and other storms that swept through the region between January and April left a trail of destruction in their wake," he said.

Member for Whitsunday Jan Jarratt said the extensive damage was repaired quickly after the cyclone but the repair costs would have dealt a significant blow to ratepayers without the funding grant.

"Council workers removed debris and vegetation from roads, carried out access grading, pavement repairs, replaced culverts and drainage structures and repaired washouts and landslips,” she said.

"The full cost of these repairs would have had a significant impact on ratepayers if Council had been left to meet the total cost of the repairs.

"The joint State and Federal Government funded natural disaster relief and recovery arrangements mean Councils can get on with the job of repairing essential infrastructure in the aftermath of natural disasters."

Repair costs included almost $2 million in debris and vegetation removal, more than $1 million in grading and access works, more than $800,000 in repairs to pavement, bridge and drain repairs and $700,000 in parks and garden repairs.

Whitsunday Regional Council contributed $247,000 towards the total cost of repairs.

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