Disaster recovery tracked through DARM

Three months after some of the most ferocious weather the state has seen, Queensland Reconstruction Authority (QRA) is seeing positive signs of recovery across impacted communities.

QRA has finalised the first follow-up on recovery progress being made through its Assessment and Reconstruction Monitoring (DARM) operation.  

DARM activities covered properties damaged during Tropical Cyclones Jasper and Kirrily, and the south-east Queensland Christmas storms.

From the Gold Coast to Cooktown, during April and May, QRA visited 3,086 Queensland homes and businesses impacted during the recent summer of disasters.

Around 27 percent of the more than 825 of the properties tracked by QRA’s Damage team have now been repaired.

Repair works have also started on a further 774 properties.

Of the 2,260 remaining properties still damaged, 962 have minor damage, with moderate damage to 803 and severe damage to 478.

DARM also found a further 17 properties are destroyed and unrepairable from what was initially reported.

DARM captures data on property damage to individual properties, asking residents directly about the progress of building repairs, insurance claims, and their financial and personal wellbeing.

It helps QRA  identify Queenslanders who are doing it tough and can assist in connecting them with extra support to recover.

Talking directly to Queenslanders during DARM is important as the conversations provide unique and personal insights QRA couldn’t get otherwise. 

DARM teams visited Cairns, Cassowary Coast, Cook, Douglas, Gold Coast, Ipswich, Lockyer Valley, Logan, Mareeba, Moreton Bay, Scenic Rim, Townsville, Western Downs and Wujal Wujal.