FLOODS: Beach clean-ups underway, officials urge impacted communities to access financial assistance

MOP-UP operations across the Fraser Coast are gaining momentum following severe flooding in the region.

Clean-up crews help clear flood debris from beaches in Hervey Bay. PHOTO: Supplied.

Beach clean-ups are already underway.

The Fraser Coast Regional Council is urging people to watch out for machinery on the beaches while crews are busy.

Officials are also advising the public not to enter the water at the moment, as floodwaters can contain debris, pollutants and other hazards.

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Parts of the Maryborough CBD were submerged in the wake of Ex Tropical Cyclone Seth which saw the Mary River peak at around 10m on January 9, 2022.

Important bridges, businesses, homes and some public facilities were inundated in the region’s worst affected areas.

Roads leading to several outlying towns and suburbs were also cut or damaged.

Much of the debris swept away in the floods has since washed up on various local beaches.

Beach clean-up crews are now focusing their attention on areas south of the Marina in Hervey Bay. The section of beach will be off-limits today.

Contractors are working their way north towards the Urangan Pier for the rest of the week.

Beach closures in active work locations will be implemented to help operations move swiftly and for public health and safety.

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Different types of flood debris – including animal carcases, fish carcases, oil, fuel tanks and wooden pallets, among other things – has already been removed from beaches between Urangan and Scarness.

You can still expect to see machinery and work vehicles in these areas while teams assess the conditions and perform urgent works.

Meanwhile, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk inspected flood damage in Maryborough yesterday.

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“We know a number of people are stranded, have lost power, have had to leave their homes and that homes and businesses have been inundated,” the Premier said.

“Queensland Government Ready Reserves are ready to lead community recovery efforts with support available online and over the phone initially until it is safe to enter the local areas.

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“Face-to-face support will be available in the affected areas as soon as possible once roads open and floodwaters subside.

“Dedicated community recovery workers will help affected individuals and families access the financial assistance and support services that they need to assist with their recovery.”

Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien said the scale, intensity and speed of the disaster caused wide spread losses throughout the Wide Bay.

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Meanwhile, Member for Maryborough Bruce Saunders urged impacted community members to access the financial assistance made available following the floods.

Grant applications can be made Community Recovery online portal: www.communityrecovery.qld.gov.au.

People who are experiencing hardship due to this flooding can also contact the Community Recovery Hotline on 1800 173 349 or go to www.qld.gov.au/community/disasters-emergencies for further information.

Additionally, anyone impacted by the flood event can apply for housing assistance, including home owners and private renters, by visiting www.qld.gov.au or calling 13QGOV (13 74 68).

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