Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Andrew Willcox says the region’s local road network had been decimated by the recent wet weather event and is probably worse than that caused by TC Debbie in 2017.
“Due to the extent of damage, Council has been activated for Disaster Recover Funding Arrangements (DRFA) from the State and Federal Government and will be lodging a submission to assist in the cost of repairing of region’s roads.”
The Mayor says the submission, assessment and approval process for external funding does take time.
“Council is required to meet strict criteria regarding collection of evidence of the damage that has occurred before undertaking repair activities.”
“I understand the length of time delays in getting approval can be frustrating and we appreciate our community’s understanding that we are working through the “red tape” as quick as we can.”
“In the meantime, Council will undertake emergency temporary repairs where there has been significant damage and all works will be prioritised across the region.”