MILLIONS FLOOD IN FOR ROAD REPAIRS
Government provides $4.3m to restore roads damaged during STC Debbie
THE federal and state governments have announced more than $4.3 million in funding to assist in the restoration of the the North Burnett’s damaged roads.
The grant is part of a $41.9 million Betterment Fund available under the joint Commonwealth-State Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements to help local councils with their recovery following Severe Tropical Cyclone Debbie, which struck one year ago.
Maintenance works will be undertaken at Airport Rd, Back Creek Rd, Cahalane Rd, Cannindah Rd, Clonmel Rd, Greentree Rd, Kerwee Rd, Macks Rd, Monal Rd, Mt Steadman Rd and Tableland Rd.
Previous funding helped rebuild the Percy Hindmarsh Bridge, west of Monto, which was washed away by floodwaters during Debbie.
Mayor Rachel Chambers said the Betterment works would help the community withstand natural disasters in the future.
“North Burnett Regional Council has also committed more than $197,000 towards these Betterment projects, which include installing open drain protection and constructing concrete floodways across a number of sites to reduce the risk of scouring and constructing new bed-level crossings to improve access during significant rainfall,” Cr Chambers said.
Minister for Law Enforcement and Cyber Security Angus Taylor, who has federal responsibility for disaster recovery, said the Betterment Fund would enable communities to rebuild stronger and more disaster-resilient public assets. “This funding for North Burnett Regional Council will help them rebuild vital infrastructure to a more resilient standard and help the community withstand future disasters,” Mr Taylor said.
Minister for State Development, Manufacturing and Infrastructure and Planning Cameron Dick said many of the roads had a history of being damaged and had been identified as priority projects.
“The Betterment funding will not only repair these road networks and floodways but build them back stronger and more resilient and reduce future restoration costs,” he said.
REPAIRS: Washed away during Cyclone Debbie, the Percy Hindmarsh Bridge was fixed thanks to government funding.