Bundaberg continues to rebuild after flood
SOME $40 million in aid has been delivered to Bundaberg in the last four months as the city continues to rebuild after the devastating floods brought by Cyclone Oswald early this year.
It has been a horrendous time for the community, especially residents of hard-hit north Bundaberg, with help slow to eventuate and the situation still far from normal.
But Local Government, Community Resilience and Recovery Minister David Crisafulli said the relationship forged with the local council and the trust shown in their ability to make the right decision for their community is paying dividends with the recovery building momentum.
"In 2011 Bundaberg was affected by the floods in this state, it was affected very significantly," said Mr Crisafulli.
"In 2011 it took the council 18 months to get $25 million of work out to market," he said.
"This year it took four months to get $40m worth of work out to market.
"That shows what can happen when people are on the ground.
"That shows what happens when you place your faith in local government, rather than bullying and battering them."
The way the recovery process is rolled out has also been changed with more thought given to the placement of the infrastructure being repaired and replaced and the materials used in construction.
"Gone are the days when we will go through the motions and replace the same bits of infrastructure to the same standard in the same location and expect a different result," Mr Crisafulli said.
"We will also be doing mitigation projects," he said.
"We are doing everything we can to work with local councils and the federal government to make sure we safeguard these communities as best we can.
"You will never flood-proof a state like Queensland but that does not mean you should not do better."
For Bundaberg, the road ahead remains a rocky one. More than 8000 people were directly affected by the floods this year with 3000 homes and businesses flooded.