Exclusion zone set to open to residents at 6am
9PM UPDATE: The Bundaberg Local Disaster Management Group has rescheduled the time for residents and property owners from North Bundaberg's exclusion zone to view their property to 9am tomorrow.
Residents will be allowed into the zone for a short period of time to look, check and retrieve small personal items.
The conditions of entry will be:
- You MUST be a resident or an owner of property - home and/or business of the Exclusion Zone
- Must have a form of identification (e.g. Driver's License or Rates notice)
- It is preferable that you walk, however a car is ok
- Do not use toilets or other bathroom facilities
- Do not undertake in any clean-up activities
Buses will also be available from 7am, leaving from the Civic Centre and Agrotrend Evacuation Centres. Buses back to evacuation centres will be staggered.
Community Support Services will be available at the Supa IGA in North Bundaberg . This will include psychological services and the Red Cross.
Police will be patrolling the zone and ask that people not dwell.
Please be advised that identification will be checked on entry and possibly checked at random when inside the zone.
All residents will need to leave the zone by nightfall.
1.20PM UPDATE: Disaster Management Co-ordinator, Superintendent Rowan Bond has overruled a plan by Bundaberg Regional Council to allow residents in the North Bundaberg exclusion zone to return briefly to their properties today.
However, Supt Bond said Urban Search and Rescue teams had not yet completed a safety audit of the site and the risk to residents was far too great to allow access at this point.
Supt Bond said it was unfortunate that the delay had been necessary but community safety was the major focus of the disaster recovery program.
A decision on access to the exclusion zone area could be made tomorrow.
EARLIER: About 1200 people packed the Moncrieff Theatre in Bundaberg's CBD this morning for a meeting with property owners and residents from the flood-devastated exclusion zone.
It was confirmed that residents and property owners are allowed to walk over the Burnett Traffic Bridge (the "old" bridge) to go back to their properties, however, some homes and buildings have been declared unsafe and have been locked by police.
Access to the exclusion zone will only be available during daylight hours.
A number of residents were unhappy about their homes being locked, but police said they were too dangerous to enter.