Whilst spared the flooding and devastation impacting on large parts of the state, the Sunshine Coast was hit hard by the recent weather event caused by ex-cyclone Oswald, and the Glass House electorate sustained some of the worst damage.
Member for Glass House, Andrew Powell MP, toured the wind swept electorate twice in the last week and has been stunned by the impact and the damage caused.
“This storm created havoc for residents and businesses throughout Glass House, many of whom only regained power late on Thursday night or Friday morning.
“Let’s face it, this weather event was unprecedented for the Coast and as the local MP, I was so proud of how resilient and courageous our community folk were in this time of crisis.
“All of the locals I spoke to acknowledged the extreme efforts that Energex crews were going to in order to restore power and were relieved and incredibly thankful when they could finally shower with hot water,” Mr Powell commented.
On his tour, Mr Powell met with many local business owners including Allan at the Glasshouse Newsagent, Kylie at the Glasshouse Post Office and Bill from the highly regarded accommodation house, ‘Glass on Glasshouse’. He also paid a visit to the Peachester State School and the Peachester Farm and Produce store.
Finishing off the tour in Maleny, Mr Powell spoke with Kay from Maleny Dairies about their milking challenges as well as business owners in Maple Street including Mark from Maple 3, The team at Maleny Butchers and Rob Outridge from Maleny IGA.
“Business owners and residents throughout Glass House have been through a lot in the last week yet all of the people I met and chatted with still managed to put on a smile on their face.
“This tour also allowed me to provide residents with information on accessing the Department of Communities ‘Personal Hardship Scheme’ funding. Anyone who suffered the loss of fridge and freezer contents may wish to check your eligibility for this funding.
“I received valuable feedback from the community on my tour and I will be using this information to compile a summary report which will be handed to the various Government Departments concerned in the coming weeks,” Mr Powell concluded.
The Department of Communities can be contacted on – 1800 173 349.
[ENDS] 1 February 2013