THE Queensland State Government has rapidly pushed through legislation to help flood-affected communities.In the first sitting of Queensland's Parliament this year, the Newman Government introduced the Queensland Reconstruction Authority Amendment Bill 2013.
The Bill was passed in a late sitting last night.
Community Recovery and Resilience Minister David Crisafulli said the Government was prepared to act quickly to help Queensland rebuild.
"The recovery and reconstruction of affected communities is the immediate priority for all Queenslanders, and we’ll do what it takes to deliver that,'' Mr Crisafulli said.
"The changes will amend the definition of disaster event to include storms, floods and tornadoes from ex-Tropical Cyclone Oswald and extends and expands the role of the Queensland Reconstruction Authority.''
Mr Crisafulli said the emphasis was now on building a more resilient Queensland.
"That goal is reflected in these changes,'' he said.
"We'll never flood-proof a state as big and diverse as Queensland, but we can do a better job at building more durable infrastructure.
"If an asset has been replaced over and over again, its time that we look at building it differently or in a better location.''