Clean-up un­der way to re­store sub­urbs

The Gympie Times - - NEWS - PHIL COQUERAND RE­PORTER Philippe.coquerand@gympi­etimes.com

AS THE clean-up con­tin­ues from the af­ter­math of Thurs­day’s su­per­cell that hit the Gympie re­gion, Gympie Re­gional Coun­cil Mayor Mick Cur­ran says the main pri­or­ity is as­sess­ing the af­fected ar­eas.

“Dam­age has been done right across the re­gion, with some of the hard­est hit sub­urbs con­sist­ing of Tansey and Jones Hill towards the Mary Val­ley,” Cr Cur­ran said.

“We had 6000 homes with­out power as a re­sult of the su­per­cell, with over 600 homes still with­out power as of Fri­day night.”

En­ergex has been work­ing to fix the power out­age overnight.

Cr Cur­ran said as­sess­ments were be­ing con­ducted on the worst hit places.

“Our pri­or­ity was to open up all the roads, with peo­ple chainsawing and re­mov­ing all the trees on the roads,” he said.

“Coun­cil crews are cur­rently clean­ing up the

OUR PRI­OR­ITY WAS TO OPEN UP ALL THE ROADS, WITH PEO­PLE CHAINSAWING AND RE­MOV­ING ALL THE TREES ON THE ROADS. MAYOR MICK CUR­RAN

de­bris left on the streets.”

Cr Cur­ran said there was a big clean-up ahead.

“Yeah there’s quite a lot to do, as you drive around town you’ll see a lot of trees down,” he said.

The coun­cil has opened the waste man­age­ment fa­cil­ity for the next fort­night for those who have been af­fected.

“We're work­ing through our lists and will be hav­ing re­in­force­ments from dif­fer­ent re­gions come to as­sist,” SES deputy lo­cal area con­troller Steve Clough said.

“We've had 172 call-outs since 2pm, sky­lights and win­dows are our ma­jor prob­lem but we're sort­ing through it.

“We would like to let peo­ple know we're do­ing the best we can in this point in time.”

Photo: Philippe Coquerand

BUSY: Gympie Re­gional Coun­cil Mayor Mick Cur­ran said they're do­ing their best to help with the clean-up.

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