Power Restored To 89 % Of North Queensland Customers

Power Restored To 89 % Of North Queensland Customers

Queensland Minister for State Development Anthony Lynham

Queensland’s Open For Business

Victor P Taffa

Queensland’s fightback is underway as coastal towns prepare to welcome visitors for the Easter break and power is restored.

Minister for State Development Dr. Anthony Lynham said key recovery successes since ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie included restoration of power to 89 % of North Queensland customers two days ahead of schedule and all other power outages expected to be restored by next Thursday.

Speaking after the second meeting of the Palaszczuk Government’s economic recovery group, he said it was great to see the Whitsundays luring tourists back up north.

“They’ll be buying Queensland products, using local businesses and bolstering local economies again.” Dr. Lynham said.

“My Department of State Development is working with local councils, other state agencies, businesses and the Federal Government to plan for and deliver an economic recovery plan.”

“We are working with Aurizon to secure resourcing for traffic management to assist the recovery effort.”

“We have also managed to expedite approvals to help relocate wheel loaders to Hay Point to assist with recovery operations at the port.” Dr. Lynham said.

“We have also been working closely with companies like Hastings Deering, a mining and earthmoving equipment company in Rockhampton, to get their business and 600 staff back to work as soon as the flooding subsides.”

“Category B of NDRRA assistance has been activated for Whitsunday, Mackay, Gold Coast, Scenic Rim, Logan, Livingston and Rockhampton.”

“Queensland’s Emergency Recovery Group is using local knowledge to ensure the joint Commonwealth-State disaster arrangements maximise assistance for business and industry.” Dr. Lynham said.

“Damage to our agriculture, tourism and industry sectors, and infrastructure is significant, and the task ahead is enormous.”

“So it was uplifting to see first-hand in Mackay this week the resilience of people who have been in the front-line of this massive weather event, and their steely determination to overcome the obstacles TC Debbie has flung their way.”

“It’s now time for the key government agencies, peak business and industry groups to lead Queensland back to full production.” Dr. Lynham said.

“Department of State Development officers are on the ground in affected areas providing information on available support and collecting data about the economic impacts on business and industry. This information will inform the Tropical Cyclone Debbie Recovery Plan.”

“Today is an important next step in joining the dots and identifying the actions needed to restore Qld’s economy it’s a huge job but we have the right people to make it happen.” Dr. Lynham said.

Economic recovery group comprises state and local government, and peak bodes including AiG, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Queensland Farmers Federation, the Queensland Resources Council and the Queensland Trucking Association.

Natural Disaster Relief And Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA)