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Powell Media Release – Major General Mick Slater tours Glass House (27 April 2011)

At the request of Member for Glass House Andrew Powell the head of the Queensland Reconstruction Authority, Major General Mick Slater, today toured locales within the Glass House electorate still bearing the scars of the past summer’s torrential rain and flooding.

“On my daily trips around Glass House since the floods earlier this year I am still awed at the destruction meted out on our major infrastructure – destruction that is still to be mended in many instances,” Mr Powell said.

“I know all of us in Glass House consider ourselves fortunate to not to have experienced the losses of our fellow Queenslanders in the Capricornia, South West, Lockyer Valley, Toowoomba and Brisbane but the floods still managed to cause a lot of devastation in Glass House communities.

“I took the Major General on a tour through Bellthorpe, a community that suffered extensively and still continues to face challenges with their main access routes in and out of rural location.  We also visited the damaged Grigor Bridge in Conondale and viewed the landslides along Maleny-Kenilworth Road.  To finish the trip I was able to show the Major General the works being undertaken at Palmwoods-Montville Road, a road further damaged in January after initially being closed due to slides in early 2010,” Mr Powell continued.

Locals from Conondale took the opportunity to meet with the Major General and express their ongoing frustration at works associated with Grigor Bridge and Maleny-Kenilworth Road.

“It was about time someone in authority came to Conondale to meet with locals and see first hand what we are dealing with, ”  said Mr David Sands from the Conondale Valley Association.

Mr Powell was very grateful that Major General Mick Slater could afford the time to travel through Glass House to appreciate the true extent of the flood damage.

“I am confident the Major General heard the message from locals loud and clear.  While repair works continue I am now certain we have a strong advocate and ally within the Reconstruction Authority ensuring communities like Bellthorpe and Conondale are not forgotten,” Mr Powell concluded.

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