Roads to Re­cov­ery paves Dou­glas roads

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

DOU­GLAS Shire re­ceived $330,000 as part of the fed­eral gov­ern­ments “roads to re­cov­ery” pro­gram, which Queensland se­na­tor Ian Mac­don­ald ex­plained was used on “lo­cal projects (lo­cal gov­ern­ments) have nom­i­nated for re­pair or up­grade, en­sur­ing the money is spent where it’s needed most.”

The al­lo­ca­tion for Dou­glas Shire was spent on stretches of road in four places – Cape Tribu­la­tion Rd, Buchan­nan Creek Rd, Miallo-Bam­boo Creek Rd and Syndicate Rd.

At 15.65km, each kilo­me­tre ended up cost­ing more than $21,000.

Each road was nom­i­nated by the shire as hav­ing de­te­ri­o­rated due to water dam­age, and were re­sealed thanks to the fund­ing.

Se­na­tor Mac­don­ald took a swipe at state gov­ern­ment when he an­nounced the nearly $7 mil­lion in fund­ing dis­trib­uted to coun­cils across north Queensland.

“Roads To Re­cov­ery is one of the fed­eral gov­ern­ment pro­grams that all coun­cils love. The money goes di­rect from the Com­mon­wealth to lo­cal gov­ern­ments cut­ting out the mid­dle man, the state gov­ern­ments, who al­ways find a way to skim some­thing off grants to lo­cal gov­ern­ment that pass through state hands.”

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