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CityCats and ferries resume as city recovers

01 February, 2013

CityCats and ferries resume as city recovers

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk today announced the city’s recovery from the severe storms and flooding this week had taken another step with the some CityCat and ferry services resuming this afternoon and most services back to normal tomorrow.

The Lord Mayor also encouraged residents to clean-up the city this weekend with Council’s transfer stations accepting green waste free of charge.

“I’m pleased to advise that our city’s recovery is continuing with the resumption of some CityCat and ferry services this afternoon,” he said.

“Council and TransDev staff conducted an inspection of the river from onboard the Spirit of Brisbane CityCat this morning and determined that it was safe for a staged recommencement of services.

“At 12.30pm today, the Spirit of Brisbane started service from the Riverside terminal operating downstream towards the mouth of the river. Services upstream from the city towards the UQ terminal will resume tomorrow.

“CityCat speeds will be limited to 15 knots and services will only operate in daylight due to the river conditions until further notice.

“I thank all residents for their patience during the recovery period and for their efforts to help clean-up the city.”

Cr Quirk advised residents to use the weekend to dispose of waste following the storms and floods at Council’s transfer stations that have open until 9pm each evening until Sunday.

“If you can’t get the green waste to the transfer stations, then place it beside the footpath no later than Sunday night as Council pick-ups will begin from Monday morning,” he said.

“I urge residents to please take care during the clean-up, and to ensure they have appropriate clothing and personal protective equipment on, including wearing rubber gloves, long trousers, long-sleeved shirts and closed-in footwear.”

Cr Quirk said 93 food waste disposal bins had been placed in blackout affected areas across Brisbane to help residents dispose of spoiling food quickly, with more than 45 tonnes of food waste collected so far.

“In addition to free waste disposal, Council crews are also working night and day to access damage and coordinate clean-up and repairs, with 215 crews deployed city wide,” he said.

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