DEPUTY Queensland Police Commissioner Brett Pointing will be appointed to lead the disaster recovery efforts and the rebuilding of Queensland in the wake of this week's devastating floods, Premier Campbell Newman announced today.
Mr Newman said the damage to Queensland, in particular in Bundaberg and the Burnett, was extensive and a recovery taskforce headed by DC Pointing would oversee the rebuilding process.
"The floods we have seen throughout the state may have torn down the infrastructure of communities but it hasn't broken Queenslanders' spirit," he said.
Mr Newman said DC Pointing's role would be to ensure Government and non-Government agencies at all levels were delivering a cohesive recovery and reconstruction program.
Mr Newman said DC Pointing had strong credentials for the job, working as a police officer in both regional and metropolitan Queensland for 30 years rising in the ranks to serve as Rockhampton's District Inspector, the Gold Coast's District Officer, Assistant Commissioner and more recently as Deputy Commissioner.
Mr Newman said there was a long rebuilding process ahead, but Queenslanders were up to the challenge.
"Only two years ago, Queenslanders were faced with a seemingly insurmountable task when disasters struck but showed steely determination to get back on their feet," he said.
"Working together again, we will rebuild this state."
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