Bligh calls disaster recovery meeting

Queensland Premier Anna Bligh invites mayors and CEOs from every council in the state to attend a disaster recovery meeting in Brisbane today

Bligh calls disaster recovery meeting
Bligh calls disaster recovery meeting

February 11, 2011

Renewing her pledge that "the regions will not be forgotten", Queensland Premier Anna Bligh has invited mayors and CEOs from across the state to attend a disaster recovery meeting in Brisbane today .

Bligh says she will brief local government leaders on the Queensland Reconstruction Authority.

"With 75 percent of the state affected by floods or cyclone, and legislation to set up the Authority applying across the whole state, it made sense to invite all mayors," she says

"We are going to explain how the Authority will work effectively and efficiently to assist regions to rebuild.

"This will also be a chance for mayors and senior council officers to brief the Government on flood and cyclone issues in each of their constituencies.

"Few parts of Queensland have been spared but there are huge variations in the effects from absolute destruction of private property, to huge infrastructure damage, to the destruction of crops and farm land.

"Getting every council together in a room will help the Government understand the small pieces that make up the big picture of the effects of both disasters across the State.

"The focus of our response will not just be on Brisbane and the South East.

"The recovery will target the particular needs of each of the affected regions and this meeting will allow us to understand the local priorities as we direct our resources," Bligh adds.

"We will continue to work closely with these local councils in the weeks, months and years ahead," she says.

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