Goodnight to flooded crossing
GOODNIGHT Scrub residents can let out a sigh of relief with the announcement that Booyal Crossing will be flood-proofed. The causeway is regularly subjected to flooding, and residents who work in Childers face an hour-long trip to reach town whenever we cop a downpour.
At an estimated cost of more than $1.5 million, the works will upgrade limited drainage under the existing causeway by installing four reinforced culverts.
The project has been made possible through the state government’s Betterment Fund.
Making the funding announcement, Member for Burnett Stephen Bennett said the state was working with the Bundaberg Regional Council to protect vulnerable communities.
“Locals from the area around Goodnight will save around 32 kilometres of travel to the Bruce Hwy during rain events,” he said.
“Even minor flows mean the causeway is inundated for long periods, and the crossing suffered a lot of damage in the 2011 and 2013
Leanne Miller You can’t get to work and the kids can’t get to school
“The Betterment Fund is saving local communities the heartache and expense of repeatedly replacing vulnerable infrastructure.”
Goodnight Scrub resident Leanne Miller welcomed the announcement.
“Every time when it rains heavily for a couple of days, it will go under.
“You can’t get to work and the kids can’t get to school.”
Bundaberg Regional Council Division 2 councillor Tony Ricciardi said locals had “been to hell and back” over the last few years, and that council would continue to do “everything” it can to help them recover and feel safe.
“Over the years, the Bundaberg and Burnett communities have had to rebuild roads, bridges and other key assets after floods, only to see them damaged or destroyed when the next floods come along.
“With the heartache caused by the recent flood events, it’s commonsense to build more flood resilient infrastructure so the local community can bounce back.”
CAUSEWAY UPGRADE: Member for Burnett Stephen Bennett and Cr Tony Ricciardi on Causeway Rd near Booyal.