ROAD TO RECOVERY: Two years on from Tropical Cyclone Debbie

Two years on from Severe Tropical Cyclone Debbie crossing the coast at Airlie Beach and inundating communities from Bowen to the New South Wales border, recovery efforts are continuing and reconstruction works are almost complete.

Cyclone Debbie caused wide-scale destruction across Queensland.


Insurance losses from the event totalled $1.8 billion and the NDRRA relief and recovery cost was more than $700 million.

36 local government areas were activated for the jointly funded Commonwealth-State Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA) assistance as a result.


Almost one-third of councils have now finished their reconstruction projects, with others to complete works by the end of the 2018-19 financial year.

Department of Transport and Main Roads has also completed major reconstruction works on state-owned roads including Gold Coast-Springbrook Road, Lamington National Park Road and the Sarina Range.

Moving on from a disaster goes beyond reconstruction, which is why recovery and resilience projects are continuing across Queensland in response to Cyclone Debbie.


QRA will continue to work closely with local government areas that were impacted by this event, to make sure affected communities can get back on their feet.