Acting Assistant Police Commissioner to lead Marcia recovery

QUEENSLAND Police's Acting Assistant Commissioner Brian Codd has been appointed to lead the recovery efforts in the wake of Tropical Cyclone Marcia.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk  announced the appointment of the long-serving senior officer, who in the past has been involved in several other disaster recoveries around Queensland. 

"Brian Codd, currently relieving as Acting Assistant Commissioner, joined the QPS in 1984 and knows central Queensland well, having served in the QPS Central region based at Rockhampton," said Ms Palaszczuk.

"He was also involved in disaster recovery efforts based at Townsville after the 2009 floods.

"During the 2010/2011 flood disaster following Cyclone Yasi, he was appointed as assistant chair to the State Disaster Coordination Group based at the State Disaster Coordination Centre at Kedron in Brisbane.

"That involved coordinating responses to the Murphy's Creek and Grantham flood emergencies."

Ms Palaszczuk said the Disaster Recovery Coordinator's role includes coordinating the recovery process for affected areas and representing the Premier and Deputy Premier during discussions with local councils and reporting back to them. 

Ms Palaszczuk said damage assessments were continuing in cyclone-affected areas and almost 3,800 rapid damage assessments had been conducted with 385 properties so far deemed uninhabitable.

"A top priority continues to be the resupply of power to cyclone-hit communities," she said.

"About 69,000 customers lost power in the cyclone and so far around 23,000 of those have been reconnected.

"Every effort is being made by Ergon Energy to get power back on as soon as possible. But this must been done with the safety of residents and power workers in mind.

"Statewide, the SES has received more than 6,400 requests for assistance with more than half of those jobs now completed.

"Around 2,000 caller shave used the Community Recovery Hotline 1800 173 349 and 35 hardship payments have been made with that figure expected to grow significantly."

Ms Palaszczuk said Chief Superintendent Brian Codd would take up the position within weeks. In the interim the post would be filled by Acting Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner, Katarina Carroll.

Recovery hubs have already opened at the Walter Reid Centre, Rockhampton and at the Yeppoon Town Hall. 

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