Council, supported by additional contract resources, has been working on disaster recovery since March 2020. So far, $16m has been spent on this program, which is in addition to the normal Council works budget. Due to back-to-back flood events between November 2021 and May 2022, the focus has been on emergency works to restore safe access across the road network, wherever possible. Since the end of August 2022, we have moved back to the restoration program, which is aimed at permanent repairs and returning the assets back to their pre-disaster condition.
Repair of roads damaged in the multiple flood events up to May 2022 are due for completion by June 2024. Council appreciates that this may be a long time to wait for repairs to occur on roads that you use every day.
Like all businesses, Council has limited access to the resources necessary to undertake these works including people, machinery and materials.
We appreciate your patience as we work through this very large program of works and assure you that we are doing everything possible to minimise the long-term impact these disasters have on the level of service Council is able to provide for its residents in the future.