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    Minister for Local Government and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships
    The Honourable Desley Boyle

    $2.25 million for Moreton Bay repair bills: Minister Boyle

    Minister for Local Government and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships
    The Honourable Desley Boyle

    Sunday, April 26, 2009

    $2.25 million for Moreton Bay repair bills: Minister Boyle

    Local Government Minister Desley Boyle has today announced Moreton Bay Regional Council would receive $2,254,394 in disaster assistance to help cover the costs of emergency road works and repairs.

    Ms Boyle said the storms that hit the area in November last year caused extensive damage to council assets, with the community taking considerable time to fully recover.

    “Storm and flood damage was widespread throughout the council, and it will take time to get back to normal,” Ms Boyle said.

    “The council was also left with the task of removing a considerable amount of debris from local roads, parks and reserves.”

    Ms Boyle said among some of the major repair works in Moreton Bay were:

    ·$1,193,315 for debris removal in roads and parks, as well as emergency repairs in the southern part of the council area, including Everton Hills, Arana Hills, Ferny Hills, Camp Mountain, Bunya, Albany Creek, Eatons Hill, Draper, Samford, Cashmere, Warner and Brendale;

    ·$1,607,089 for clean-up costs and emergency repairs in northern areas of the council, including Narangba, Burpengary, Deception Bay and Morayfield;

    ·$104,74 for repairs and clean-up costs in the eastern area of the council, including Redcliffe; and

    ·$100,713 for the mulching of storm debris at the Bunya, Dakabin and Caboolture tips.

    Member for Murrumba Dean Wells said the cost of repairs was significant and the grant would be well received by council and ratepayers.

    “The $2,254,394 assistance will offset repair costs, with Moreton Bay Regional Council playing its part by contributing $751,464.”

    Mr Wells, along with Member for Ferny Grove Geoff Wilson and Member for Redcliffe Lillian van Litsenburg joined together in commending the council and the community for the clean-up efforts.

    “After the disasters like last November’s storms it’s important to know the State Government is there to support local councils when time are tough, with funding assistance like this helping to ensure local government can get on with the job of providing services to ratepayers,” Mr Wells said.

    The funding has been provided through the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements program, a joint State and Commonwealth initiative.

    Media Contact: Minister Boyle’s Contact 3227 8819

    Member for Murrumba Contact: 3293 1069