MIL­LIONS FLOOD IN FOR ROAD REPAIRS

Gov­ern­ment pro­vides $4.3m to re­store roads dam­aged dur­ing STC Deb­bie

Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE - Macken­zie Co­la­han Macken­zie.Co­la­han@cnbtimes.com.au

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.

PHOTO: JACK LAWRIE

REPAIRS: Washed away dur­ing Cy­clone Deb­bie, the Percy Hind­marsh Bridge was fixed thanks to gov­ern­ment fund­ing.

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