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    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Anna Bligh

    Authority tasked to get Queensland back on its feet

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Anna Bligh

    Wednesday, January 19, 2011

    Authority tasked to get Queensland back on its feet

    Premier Anna Bligh today announced the establishment of a new Queensland Reconstruction Authority to get the State back on its feet.

    The Premier said the statutory Authority will manage the enormous task of rebuilding and repairing infrastructure in more than 60 flood affected communities across Queensland.

    The Queensland Reconstruction Authority will scope and coordinate the total statewide rebuilding program.

    “These floods have been catastrophic and we have a post-war scale building task ahead of us. We need a dedicated body to prioritise that,” Ms Bligh said.

    “Our volunteers, SES workers, emergency services workers, police and defence force have done a phenomenal job of helping communities clean up.

    The Premier said the Queensland Reconstruction Authority would be responsible for developing and implementing a statewide plan for rebuilding and reconnecting communities across the State.

    “Its role will be to work closely with local governments and communities to ensure the unique characteristics of each community are factored into the rebuilding process.

    “It will also coordinate government and non government organisations to deliver the necessary services to assist individual communities in the rebuilding process.

    Ms Bligh said more than 70 per cent of the State had been affected by floods across many federal, state and local government areas of responsibility.

    “We have a massive rebuilding task ahead of us, and it needs to be coordinated so we can get it right for every flood affected community.

    The Premier said Major General Mick Slater would chair the Queensland Reconstruction Authority Board.

    The Board will have the necessary skills and experience that will be vital to the rebuilding task.

    “The Major General has been appointed to lead the recovery effort and develop a road map to recovery.

    “He has been on the task since he was appointed in early January and his leadership will be vital.

    Ms Bligh said Coordinator General Graeme Newton had been appointed CEO of the Authority.

    “Mr Newton brings with him a wealth of experience in planning and infrastructure and will be invaluable as we set about the task of rebuilding.

    The Queensland Reconstruction Authority will be provided, through legislation, with all necessary powers to implement all recommendations of the Board.

    “Many Queenslanders have been through a very tough time and we have a long rebuilding road ahead of us.

    “For many people, the healing process is about getting their lives back to normal – returning to their homes, their workplaces, their towns.

    “What’s more, our road and rail networks are the lifeblood of this State and crucial to getting crops and livestock to market and coal to port.

    “We have a massive task ahead of us and we are going to all need to work together to get Queensland back on its feet.

    “But if we have learned anything over the last few weeks it is that Queenslanders are up to the challenge.”


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