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Widespread flooding occurred across Queensland between December 2010 and January 2011. With 75 per cent of the state declared a disaster zone, the recovery task was enormous. Assessment by the department was required on approximately 2500 government assets and infrastructure across Queensland. Despite this, only three state schools remained closed at the beginning of the school year on 24 January 2011.
When Cyclone Yasi hit the coast of Queensland, the department’s response was immediate. Staff undertook damage assessments and responsive maintenance on schools, TAFEs, residences and hospitals.
The response also included the supply of essential items such as food, water, bedding, fuel and generators for evacuation shelters. For those Queenslanders who had lost their homes, the shelters were their only refuge.
2011-12 also saw the department progress an extensive capital works program that included major projects such as the Gold Coast University Hospital, Queensland Children’s Hospital, Cairns Base Hospital and Mackay Base Hospital. Projects completed included the Brisbane Supreme Court and District Court complex.

Construction of Brisbane Supreme Court, 2011



Centre Court, Queensland Tennis Centre, just days after 3.5 metres of
floodwater submerges the arena, Brisbane, 2011 


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