Lock­yer roads ready for a big restora­tion

Gatton Star - - NEWS -

ROADS in the Lock­yer Val­ley are likely to get an up­grade thanks to Bet­ter­ment Fund­ing re­ceived from the Com­mon­wealth and Queens­land Gov­ern­ments.

Lock­yer Val­ley Re­gional Council has been ap­proved for more than $303,800 to re­store a num­ber of roads to a safer and more ac­ces­si­ble stan­dard fol­low­ing ex­ten­sive dam­age caused by Tropical Cy­clone Deb­bie.

Min­is­ter for State De­vel­op­ment, Man­u­fac­tur­ing and In­fra­struc­ture and Plan­ning Cameron Dick said the fund­ing was part of the $41.85 mil­lion 2017 Bet­ter­ment Fund, jointly funded un­der the Nat­u­ral Dis­as­ter Re­lief and Re­cov­ery Ar­range­ments.

“When Cy­clone Deb­bie struck Queens­land com­mu­ni­ties last year, roads and bridges were dam­aged, com­mu­ni­ties were cut off and homes and busi­nesses im­pacted,” Mr Dick said.

He said roads in the Lock­yer Val­ley are home to res­i­dents, cat­tle pro­duc­ers and crop farm­ers and pro­vide essen­tial links for the agri­cul­ture in­dus­try in the re­gion.

LVRC mayor Tanya Mil­li­gan said the Bet­ter­ment Fund­ing would con­tribute towards the $445,300 project to re­store these roads to a more dis­as­ter re­silient stan­dard.

“Works to the roads in­clude sta­bil­is­ing the pave­ment ap­proaches to ex­ist­ing flood­ways that have pre­vi­ously been prone to creek flow, al­low­ing them to open sooner af­ter heavy rainfall and re­duc­ing fu­ture restora­tion costs,” Cr Mil­li­gan said.

$41.85 mil­lion in Bet­ter­ment Fund­ing has been al­lo­cated to 83 projects across 22 coun­cils to build com­mu­nity re­silience to nat­u­ral dis­as­ters to en­sure Queens­land is the most dis­as­ter re­silient state in Aus­tralia.


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