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Regional Queensland receives $16M for resilient infrastructure

Almost $16 million will be invested into rebuilding infrastructure damaged by the 2019 monsoon trough in north and north-west Queensland.

Funding will go towards 46 resilience projects in addition to the $93 million already approved through a federal and state government partnership to build stronger, more resilient infrastructure in regional Queensland.

Emergency Management Minister David Littleproud said construction works would begin in the coming weeks, with the goal of having all projects delivered within 12 months.

“When it comes to Queensland, a severe weather event is never far in the distance,” Littleproud said.

“So while our response to the COVID-19 pandemic is ongoing, we continue to invest in the roads, floodways, drainage and barriers needed to keep communities safe, and withstand potentially devastating impacts of natural disasters

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“Almost $16 million will be shared between 18 councils and one state agency to rebuild community infrastructure stronger than before.”

Queensland Treasurer and Infrastructure and Planning Minister Cameron Dick said investing now would reduce disaster recovery costs in the future.

“COVID doesn’t change the fact we’re the most at-risk state in Australia when it comes to natural disasters,” Dick said.

“In the past 12 months our state has faced bushfires, cyclones, floods and a pandemic. We’re a tough bunch, but we need our infrastructure to be just as resilient.

“Our government is committed to helping Queensland unite and recover, and infrastructure investment and job creation is crucial to that.

“Through the Queensland Reconstruction Authority we will keep working with councils and state agencies to ensure Queenslanders are best protected against disasters in the years ahead.”

Approved betterment projects:

Barcoo Shire Council

Upgrade existing floodway and build new floodway on Jundah-Winton Road, $368,000

Burdekin Shire Council

Install bitumen seal, pipes and rock protection along Coach Road, $222,000

Cairns Regional Council

Replace existing pipe culverts on Goldsborough Road with larger pipes, $698,000

Cassowary Coast Regional Council

Stabilise and seal sections of multiple roads and install new floodway, $234,000

Cook Shire Council

Construct concrete floodways and causeways, and seal roads to reduce erosion, $990,000

Croydon Shire Council

Install gravel, stabilise pavement, install bitumen seal and upgrade culverts on Coralie Road, $1,203,000

Hinchinbrook Shire Council

Install pavement on the Menzies Street creek crossing, $76,000

Kowanyama Aboriginal Shire Council

Construct multiple concrete causeways on Pormpuraaw Road, $319,000

Lockhart River Aboriginal Shire Council

Extend a concrete causeway and stabilise sections of Portland Road, $1,307,000

Longreach Regional Council

Stabilise a section of Stonehenge River Road and construct concrete causeways on Silsoe and Tocal Roads, $184,000

McKinlay Shire Council

Gravel and seal a 25 km section of Gilliat McKinlay Road, $2.2 million

Townsville City Council

Improve drainage on Apjohn and Echlin Streets, $1,531,000

Whitsunday Regional Council

Reshape table drains on Emu Plains, Exmoor and Rutherford Roads, $147,000

Winton Shire Council

Realign sections of Diamantina River Road and expand the Whyrallah Floodway, $2,468,000

Yarrabah Aboriginal Shire Council

Construct concrete margins and a concrete floodway on Buddabadoo Road, $92,000


Approved recreational asset projects:

Department of Environment and Science

Repair walking tracks in Conway National Park and access roads to Clement Eastern Beach, $464,000

Richmond Shire Council

Reinstate and clean-out drainage within Lake Fred Recreational Area, $93,000

Townsville City Council

Repair Aplins and Black Weirs, assorted park upgrades, $530,000


Approved water and sewerage projects:

Carpentaria Shire Council

Repair scouring damage to Glenore Weir wall, $66,000

Douglas Shire Council

Remove and replace the cyclone fence at Mossman Waste Water Treatment Plant, $15,000

Townsville City Council

Replace the pipeline crossing Ross River, upgrade switchboards, valves and generators at various water and waste facilities, repair access road to the Kulburn Water Storage site, $2,686,000


Delivery of the projects will be rolled out until June 2021.

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