Flood­way do­ing well

Isis Town and Country - - News -

Coun­cil­lor Tony Ric­cia­rdi

The cross­ing is cop­ing well above expectations.

WORK at the Booyal Cross­ing that was com­pleted in Au­gust is ex­ceed­ing expectations in pro­vid­ing a more ef­fi­cient flood­way cross­ing.

Bund­aberg Re­gional Coun­cil roads and drainage spokesman Tony Ric­cia­rdi said the cause­way had been de­signed to cope with reg­u­lar en­vi­ron­men­tal re­leases into the Bur­nett River from Par­adise Dam of 2000 me­gal­itres.

“The cross­ing is cop­ing well above expectations and was only just over­lap­ping when sub­jected to a release of some 4000 me­gal­itres of wa­ter flow­ing down the Bur­nett,” he said.

“The $1.1 mil­lion up­grade in­cluded the in­stal­la­tion of five bar­rels of new large box cul­verts, which were de­signed to im­prove flow ca­pac­ity and as­sist in ad­dress­ing the flood­ing prob­lems that were fre­quently en­coun­tered.

“The cross­ing sur­face was up­graded in ad­di­tion to in­stalling fish pas­sage struc­tures and re­in­forced con­crete aprons.”

Cr Ric­cia­rdi said while the work would not make the cross­ing im­mune from fu­ture flood­ing, it would al­low wa­ter to be dis­persed more quickly and the ef­fects of mi­nor flood­ing negated.

“This project was recog­nised as a pri­or­ity un­der the Bur­nett River Flood­plain Ac­tion Plan and iden­ti­fied by the Com­mu­nity Ref­er­ence Group,” he said.

“It was jointly funded by the Fed­eral and State Gov­ern­ments through the NDRRA pro­gram and ad­di­tional Bet­ter­ment fund­ing as well as con­tri­bu­tions from coun­cil and Sun Wa­ter.”

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