Floodway doing well
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.”