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    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Anna Bligh


    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Anna Bligh

    Wednesday, January 05, 2011


    Premier Anna Bligh today announced that Major General Mick Slater had been appointed to lead Queensland’s Flood Recovery Taskforce.

    The Flood Recovery Taskforce will immediately develop a road map to recovery for flood devastated Queensland following an emergency meeting of Cabinet in Brisbane today.

    The Premier also announced that a special Flood Recovery Cabinet Committee would be established to ensure that bureaucratic processes were fast tracked where ever necessary.

    Federal Queensland Senator, Joe Ludwig, will be appointed to the Flood Recovery Cabinet Committee and will participate in the weekly meetings.

    “I don’t want a second wasted in the huge recovery and rebuilding task before us,” the Premier said.

    “This is a disaster on an unprecedented scale and it is going to take an unprecedented, sustained effort to rebuild regional Queensland.”

    “Major General Mick Slater is an outstanding Queenslander and I am pleased that he has agreed to lead the Flood Recovery Taskforce.”

    The Flood Recovery Taskforce will develop a road map to recovery which targets the following priority areas:

    -Community Support, Health and Well-Being;
    -Economic Recovery and Employment;
    -Housing and Reconstruction;
    -Roads and Transport; and

    The Premier said the size and scale of this disaster had meant all levels of government were involved in the initial response but would need to continue throughout the recovery.

    “Continued cooperation between all levels of government is critical to the successful recovery and rebuilding of regional Queensland.”

    “The work of the Local Disaster Management Groups across the State has been exceptional.

    “A Local Disaster Management Coordination Committee will be established & chaired by the Deputy Premier to ensure effective co-operation & communication between state agencies, local governments & local recovery efforts."

    “The appointment of Senator Ludwig to the Flood Recovery Cabinet Committee demonstrates our determination to ensure cooperation between the State and Commonwealth Government continues throughout the recovery and rebuilding stage.”

    Major General Michael Slater will lead the Flood Recovery Taskforce supported by a small secretariat.

    MEDIA: Premier's Office (07) 3224 4500


    Mick Slater is Commander of the 1st Division, based at Gallipoli Barracks, Enoggera, Queensland. He was born in Brisbane and after completing his education at St Joseph’s College Gregory Terrace, worked and studied surveying through Queensland University of Technology. In 1978 he joined the Australian Army.

    Following officer training at the Officer Cadet School Portsea, Major General Slater undertook a variety of infantry regimental and instructional appointments in Australia and overseas. Major General Slater’s senior staff appointments have included Director General Preparedness and Plans, Director General Personnel, Director General Intelligence Support to Operations and Head of the Defence Personnel Executive.

    Major General Slater has commanded at all levels from platoon to division. His operational commands have included the 2nd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment, and the 3rd Brigade on operations in East Timor. Also he served on the staff of the United States 3rd Army Headquarters in Kuwait on Operation POLLARD.

    He has undertaken formal education in mobilisation planning in the USA, and is a graduate of Command and Staff College Fort Queenscliff, the Joint Services Staff College, and the United States Army War College. Major General Slater holds Masters’ Degrees in Strategic Studies and Business Administration.