The North Burnett Regional Council was severely affected by the declared natural disaster event of the rainfall and flooding caused by ex-Tropical cyclone Ostwald in January 2013. The cost of eligible restoration and repairs of public infrastructure is covered by The Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA) funded by the Federal and State Governments. Currently Council estimates the cost to repair damage to infrastructure at $123,222,929. Council suffered damage to Roads, Bridges, Town Water Supplies, Parks and Recreation Areas.
The repair works were undertaken through a combination of large contractors, Council's workforce and contracts for specific and specialised repairs works.