June Tasmanian flood costs could hit $100 million

The cost of the June floods could exceed $100 million, Premier Will Hodgman says.

As the cleanup continues, cabinet has established a Flood Recovery Committee to coordinate and oversee the recovery process.

“The committee will work across all state government agencies and with the Commonwealth and local government to help ensure that our communities get the assistance they need, as soon as possible,” Mr Hodgman told Parliament on Tuesday.

The committee will report to cabinet, and will be headed by Tasmania Police Commander Peter Edwards, whose experience includes the 2013 Dunalley bushfires.

Commander Edwards will work with “affected area committees” established on the ground in affected areas to ensure a coordinated response.


Launceston floods from the air | To see more photos, click the image above

Launceston floods from the air | To see more photos, click the image above

Michael Stevens, a former senior public servant and coordinator for the Dunalley fires, has also been appointed to provide expert advice.

Mr Hodgman said while the final cost of the catastrophe is unknown, he expected it to cost more than the Dunalley fires, which hit $90 million.

Rail infrastructure was significantly impacted, but some lines have been reopened.

Mr Hodgman said links between Burnie and Devonport were severed, and TasRail was re-routing freight and working with customers to prioritise freight transport.

“Roads in many local government areas are also severely impacted, and a number are still closed,” he said.

The Boyer and Brighton to Conara line re-opened on Monday night, and there will be an increase in heavy truck movements on the Midlands and Bass Highways as freight is trucked from Conara to the Northern ports.

The search continues for two men washed away in the floods.