Brisbane’s $60.5 million repair bill after wild weather

Brisbane’s repair bill for the storms, winds and floods last week is $60.5 million, Lord Mayor Graham Quirk has told reporters touring the renovated City Hall.

But changes to the national disaster funding arrangements now meant the council had to pay about $23 million of that bill, Cr Quirk said.

He said the situation would be discussed with Senator Joe Ludwig who is the federal government minister assisting Queensland’s flood recovery.

“I suspect there will be some negotiations occurring between the state and federal governments,” Cr Quirk said.

“I hope so. To remove the restoration of damages to community groups and to parks, I think is unfortunate.

“I would hope that they would be restored.

“But as of December they were removed from the national disaster guidelines.”

Brisbane’s $60.5 million in flood costs includes $16.4 million for roads, $13 million in park damage, $9.4 million in damage to bridges and the seawall near Sandgate, $11.2 million for the city’s counter-disaster funding and clean-up, plus $845,000 in damage to community facilities.

The $23 million that cannot be claimed by BCC under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements scheme is the $13 million in parks damage, one-half of the roads damage, $1 million in clean-up costs, plus the $845,000 damages to community group facilities.

He said he had yesterday asked council staff to breakdown the repairs to the city into fortnightly time frames.

All repairs should be finished in 12 months.

Cr Quirk said it was too early to judge the impact of finding the additional $23 million on Brisbane City Council rates rise for 2013.

The $23 million was on top of the $100 million that Brisbane City Council still had to find from the 2011 floods.

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