Acting Prime Minister Wayne Swan and Acting Premier of Queensland Andrew Fraser today joined Maroons State of Origin legend Darren Lockyer to officially reopen Suncorp Stadium’s refurbished dressing rooms, ruined in January’s floods.
Almost a year to the day since the flooding of Theodore, the first of many Queensland towns flooded last summer, the reopening of the dressing rooms is yet another demonstration of how the state is back bigger and better than ever.
“Queenslanders watched on in awe this year as Darren Lockyer played out much of his final season of footy here at the Cauldron,” Mr Swan said.
“Of course Locky was far from alone in demonstrating his guts and determination in the past year, with everyday Queenslanders from all over the state pulling together to battle through the worst natural disasters in our lifetime and rebuild better than ever.”
About 93 per cent of state roads and 97 per cent of the rail network has been recovered. All 411 schools affected by the disasters are up and running from their original location and 92 per cent of Queensland’s national parks have been reopened.
“The Gillard Government has stood shoulder to shoulder with the Bligh Government and the people of Queensland through one of the toughest times in our great state’s history,” Mr Swan said.
“We’ve been right in there helping to rebuild Queensland, investing more than $5 billion to help get the job done.”
Mr Fraser said one of the enduring images of the natural disasters for Queenslanders was the Suncorp Stadium field covered by 1.5 metres of the same muddy brown water that engulfed the city.
“Nearly a year on it is fitting to be at Suncorp to sound the final siren on the complete recovery of such an important Queensland icon,” Mr Fraser said.
“While the stadium was back up and running within four weeks, the damage that was done to the operating systems and equipment meant the Maroons, the Reds and the Roar all won national titles out of temporary dressing rooms.
“Credit is due to everyone involved in the recovery of this magnificent stadium.
“Key facilities have now being upgraded including better and larger dressing and warm-up rooms, better security and a new level of flood-proofing.
“I for one look forward to seeing what our teams can do next year in these brand new top-notch facilities.”
Major damage was caused to essential equipment servicing the Western Stand in the January floods.
- The main switchboard, 13 supporting switchboards and Energex sub-station
- The fire control and EWIS (emergency warning and Intercommunications system)
- Eight elevators
- The building distribution room which housed major operating systems that provided key services to the Stadium, including
- CCTV, In-house television network, access control, lighting control, PABX (phone), ticketing control system, building
- management system and core network.
Initiatives to flood-proof the Stadium include:
- The main switchboard room being elevated above the flood level so that this switchboard can continue to operate via generator power until mains power is reinstated to the building. This would result in no loss of power to the Stadium. Supporting switchboards have also been elevated.
- The fire panel and EWIS system also been raised above the flood level to ensure the Stadium continues to be connected to QFAS and fire alarms monitored at all times.
- The building distribution room being constructed above the flood level so that all main operating systems of the Stadium will function uninterrupted during this time.
- Flood resistant materials have been used wherever practical including block walls and elevated and relocatable fixtures and fittings.