Mt Perry evacuation route work starts
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. gov.au/bundaberg-gin-ginroad-flood-evacuationroute.