Cyclone repair bill may reach $15m in Gladstone

THE repair bill from Cyclone Marcia is expected to cost Gladstone Regional Council's works department between $10-$15 million.

Making a statement as acting mayor at the council's meeting this morning, deputy mayor Matt Burnett said there were 49 properties impacted in the Gladstone region.

Of those, 35 had minor damage, seven had moderate damage and another seven had severe damage.

The total repair bill for council's works department is estimated at between $10 million and $15 million, he said.

About 2000 man hours will be needed to clear trees from roads outside the 60km speed zone.

"There remains many trees pushed up to the edge of roads which need to be removed, and this will likely take a further 1000 hours to remove," Cr Burnett said.

"Roads damaged from flooding are predominately isolated to west of the Bruce Highway and as far south as Benaraby.

"Waste facilities were not adversely impacted other than the weekend landfill sites in Mt Larcom and Calliope, which extended their hours of operations and were fee-free for green waste."

Cr Burnett said the parks and environment division had spent 1470 hours clearing trees and debris from parks and facilities so far. 

"Approximately 85 trees were substantially damaged and 55 truckloads of debris transported to transfer stations," he said.

Gladstone Entertainment and Convention Centre was opened as an emergency evacuation centre, and housed about 170 people between Thursday night and Saturday morning. 

The Agnes Water emergency evacuation centre housed about eight people.