One year on and Queensland is being rebuilt
The devastating effects of natural disasters in Queensland are sure to still be fresh in the minds of those who experienced them first hand, with the anniversary of the flooding of Brisbane soon approaching.
Hundreds of homes were inundated when the banks of the Brisbane River broke under the strain of incredible rainfall levels in an event that has not been seen for nearly 200 years.
Local Government Association officer Greg Hallam told the ABC on December 29 that it was "an extraordinary period" to bear witness to.
As part of Queensland's disaster management group, Hallam said that the extensive construction work needed to repair essential services to residential properties had recently been completed.
He asserted: "From one end of Queensland to the other, every single council was disaster declared and that's never happened before."
"When you've got that much road length, and we're talking 10,000 km, underwater for two or three weeks at a time it's not just the surface that's a problem."
Hallam also stated that the $7 billion put aside by the federal government would help to pay for the infrastructure developments needed to get the state back on its feet.
"What we've got now is the job of reconstruction," said Hallam.