Queensland government begins Tropical Cyclone Oswald clean up

The Queensland government has launched into action in order to begin repairing the damage caused by ex-Tropical Cyclone Oswald, which has caused major flooding across the state throughout the second half of January. 

Nearly 5,000 kilometres of state and local roads will need to be repaired in order to ensure they are once again safe for motorists, and transport and main roads minister Scott Emerson says that any affected roads and bridges will need to undergo comprehensive safety assessments before being reopened.

"This morning I saw first-hand the damage to the Bruce, Burnett and Capricorn highways near Rockhampton and I’m left with no doubt this will be a major recovery and then repair task," said Mr Emerson in a statement released January 30.

"This will come on top of the more than 689 projects that are still to be completed statewide following the damage caused by flooding in 2010, 2011 and 2012."

Work is currently underway on several major state roads - including the Burnett, Cunningham, Warrego, Capricorn, Wide Bay and Mt Lindesay highways - while the Bruce Highway has already been reopened.

However Mr Emerson has warned that drivers should still take caution even while using roads that have been deemed safe, as conditions will have changed.

If you are a fleet manager with company vehicles operating in Queensland, it might be wise to remind your drivers to take extra care when out and about over the coming weeks.

This is also a good time to ensure that all fleet maintenance is up to date, as poorly serviced cars are at far greater risk of causing an accident when being driven on weather-affected roads.  

Meanwhile the Queensland government has also put in place a series of emergency exemptions for any drivers who have been adversely impacted by the flooding.

That includes a temporary waiving of late registration payment administration fees, as well as an offer to replace any lost driver licences free of charge.

"Help is there for those who need it, but I must stress these measures do not make it legal to drive an unregistered vehicle or drive while unlicensed," said Mr Emerson in a statement released January 30.