Queensland boosts regional resilience on flood-prone roads

Half of the projects in a $30 million betterment program have been completed improving flood
immunity and resilience on key Queensland road links that were impacted by the 2019 North and
Far North Queensland monsoon trough.

Minister for Emergency Management David Littleproud said the projects were part of the 2019
Betterment Program to build stronger and more resilient infrastructure in regional Queensland
communities.

“The Betterment Program is being delivered through the $242 million exceptional circumstances
package which is jointly funded by the Commonwealth and Queensland governments under the
Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements,” Mr Littleproud said.

“Following the catastrophic flooding last year, Transport and Main Roads identified 10 flood-prone
sites for improvement, with five completed and most of the remaining expected to be finished
before the next wet season.

“Given the severe damage to the Flinders Highway, and other transport routes, the projects are
focused in the state’s north-west, along with some central-western and far north Queensland sites.

“As well as carrying out repairs following the flooding, we are improving resilience at key sites to
minimise future flood damage and reduce road closures.

“Regional transport routes will play an important role in our economic recovery from COVID-19, so
we are continuing to support the community by investing in restoring and improving damaged
roads during this difficult time.”

Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the Palaszczuk Government had
invested $10.78 million on betterment works to 31 May 2020, with further works scheduled over
coming months, creating more resilient roads and jobs.

“The global economy has been hit hard by COVID-19, but Queensland’s strong health response todate
means our state can kick-start the economy quickly, and continue important roadworks that
create jobs and improve our state’s disaster resilience,” Mr Bailey said.

“Priority projects to stabilise the Flinders Highway with cement and make it more durable were
completed from Hughenden to Richmond and at Nelia in December last year.

“Other works were recently completed on Richmond-Winton Road, which was used as a detour for
heavy vehicles when flood damage temporarily closed the Flinders Highway in 2019.

“We recently completed concreting the slopes on Kennedy Developmental Road (Hughenden-
Winton).

“Further works will continue on the southern section until late this year to strengthen the surface.

Queensland Minister for Regional Development and Manufacturing Glenn Butcher said works had
also started on Burke Developmental Road started in late April this year to seal a section and
strengthen the surface.

“The Burke Developmental Road works are expected to be completed in September, weather
permitting.

“In far north Queensland, the timber Isabella Creek Bridge will be topped with concrete to make the
surface more flood resistant.

“In central western Queensland, we will stabilise the road with foam bitumen on the Landsborough
Highway between Winton and Kynuna that will enhance the road’s ability to deal with future
flooding events.

“We will also replace culverts with larger structures to improve capacity across the floodplain.”

The betterment works and eligible reconstruction works are jointly funded by the Commonwealth
and Queensland Governments under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA).

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