Mt Perry evac­u­a­tion route work starts

Isis Town and Country - - Kolan News -

WORK is un­der way on a multi-mil­lion dollar up­grade of Mt Perry Rd.

Aimed at se­cur­ing the road as an evac­u­a­tion route, the $8.7m project – funded with in­put from all three tiers of gov­ern­ment – will el­e­vate a sec­tion of Mt Perry Rd from the North School Hill round­about to Wal­ters St above the record flood height recorded in 2013.

Mayor Mal For­man said some mi­nor tree and fo­liage trim­ming would be un­der­taken to en­able the con­struc­tion phase to con­tinue un­ob­structed and the safety of pedes­tri­ans and mo­torists en­sured.

“It is coun­cil’s in­ten­tion to pre­serve the ma­jor­ity of ex­ist­ing ma­ture trees and gar­dens and any small veg­e­ta­tion re­moved as part of the works will be re­in­stated at the com­ple­tion of the project as part of the streetscape beau­ti­fi­ca­tion,” Cr For­man said.

“Coun­cil has a strong fo­cus on beau­ti­fi­ca­tion and en­hance­ment of our re­gion and this is ev­i­dent through the sig­nif­i­cant re­sources in­vested in parks, gar­dens and streetscape projects.”

Cr For­man said the up­grade fol­lowed on the heels of sim­i­lar work cur­rently un­der way on Fairymead Rd.

“Both th­ese projects, worth a com­bined $11.2 mil­lion, were iden­ti­fied as key ini­tia­tives of the Bur­nett River Flood­plain Ac­tion Plan which was de­vel­oped through an ex­ten­sive sci­en­tific, en­gi­neer­ing and com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion process,” Cr For­man said.

“I would again like to en­dorse a con­sis­tent mes­sage that coun­cil has de­liv­ered re­gard­ing th­ese evac­u­a­tion routes.

“Th­ese projects are about sav­ing lives and that re­mains coun­cil’s num­ber one pri­or­ity in any of its un­der­tak­ings re­lat­ing to flood mit­i­ga­tion projects.

“In the event of any emer­gency re­quir­ing the use of th­ese routes coun­cil would hope that res­i­dents with the po­ten­tial to be af­fected would have been long gone from the area be­fore it be­came nec­es­sary to use evac­u­a­tion routes.”

Mayor Mal For­man

Th­ese projects are about sav­ing lives and that re­mains coun­cil’s num­ber one pri­or­ity in any of its un­der­tak­ings

An an­i­mated ver­sion of the Mt Perry Rd up­grade can be viewed at http://www.bund­aberg.qld.­aberg-gin-gin­road-flood-evac­u­a­tion­route.

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