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Council is beginning to determine which repairs to prioritise, but the costs of fixing vital infrastructure is set to be three times the destruction bill from the 2011 floods.
Several projects like the two Green Bridges designed for West End and the restoration of Brisbane’s old wooden ferries have been put on hold.
Renovations to Mowbray Park and stage five of the North Brisbane Bikeway have also been paused.
“We will come back to it, we will come back to it as soon as we can afford it,” Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said.
Council will redirect resources to fixing the 300 playgrounds, 863 parks, 106 sports fields, 285km of roads, over 4000 streetlights and 198 community clubs destroyed in the floods.
Nick White from the Carrington Boating Club says their facility is still without a roof, electricity and doors.
“The damage the flood did for our infrastructure, for example the slipway, we really need to redo the whole thing,” he said.
The cost to council is estimated at $327 million, half of the total damage bill.
The remaining costs will be covered by state and federal flood recovery grants.
Schrinner did not rule out rate rises for residents to assist with damage costs.
“That would put significant upward pressure on rates if we didn’t take the action, that we’re taking right now,” Schrinner said.
Greens councillor Jonathon Sri said ratepayers should not pay the costs of poor planning.
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“These clowns have spent years building stuff down in the flood zone, and then act surprised when there is suddenly a damage bill from flooding,” he said.
“Come on, we saw this coming.
“I think it would be possible to increase rates on some of the commercial and industrial sites, to generate more revenue.”