Good­night to flooded cross­ing

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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

floods.

“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.”

PHOTO: MIKE KNOTT BUN290814CAU1

CAUSE­WAY UP­GRADE: Mem­ber for Bur­nett Stephen Ben­nett and Cr Tony Ric­cia­rdi on Cause­way Rd near Booyal.

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