Queensland communities share a further $12 million for resilient infrastructure

Minister for Natural Disaster and Emergency Management David Littleproud

Queensland Premier and Minister for Trade Annastacia Palaszczuk

More infrastructure funding has reached regional and remote parts of Queensland impacted by the 2019 monsoon trough event.

As part of the Commonwealth and Queensland Governments’ $134.5 million infrastructure package, a further $12 million has been allocated to 26 resilience projects that will ensure communities can better withstand extreme weather events.

Minister for Emergency Management David Littleproud said today’s announcement is in addition to more than $81 million already approved for stronger, more resilient infrastructure.

“While we’re currently living in uncertain times, the Commonwealth and Queensland Governments have not lost sight of making our communities safer the next time a disaster hits,” Minister Littleproud said.

“This funding will secure better roads and community infrastructure for disaster-affected parts of Queensland. It will protect Queenslanders and the towns they live in.”

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said maintaining a solid pipeline of infrastructure work in the regions will create more jobs for Queenslanders.

“This investment offers benefits from both sides: it boosts employment in our regional and remote areas, and it strengthens the resilience of our communities,” the Premier said.

“Every job we can create is another Queensland family supported, which is more important than ever in the current climate.”

Minister for State Development and Minister responsible for the Queensland Reconstruction Authority (QRA) Cameron Dick said it’s vital government continues its work to build more resilient communities.

“If we’re investing in stronger infrastructure and smarter initiatives now, we’re going to reduce the cost of future disasters and enable communities to recover sooner,” Mr Dick said.

“QRA will keep working with councils and state agencies to identify more opportunities to improve disaster-impacted infrastructure and increase Queensland’s overall disaster resilience.”

Betterment projects:

  • Aurukun Shire Council

o Infill scoured sections of Aurukun Access Road and stabilise embankments, $1.2 million

  • Cook Shire Council

o Upgrade crossings on five sites along Esk Valley Road with concrete culverts, $584,000

o Upgrade nine gravel floodways along Flaggy Road, $712,000

  • Croydon Shire Council

o Stabilise sections of Guildford Road and install culverts on Guildford Road and Claraville Road, $856,000

  • Douglas Shire Council

o Upgrade crossings on Zig Zag Road, $2.1 million

o Improve drainage on Cape Tribulation-Bloomfield Road, $3.1 million

  • Hinchinbrook Shire Council

o Floodway on Bailies Road, $53,000

o Floodway on Convells Road, $120,000

o Stabilise sections of Yuruga Road, $241,000

  • Mornington Shire Council

o Box culverts and concrete floodways on Ballaleah Road, $439,000

  • Northern Peninsula Area Regional Council

o Causeways on sections of Punsand Bay Road, $211,000

  • Richmond Shire Council

o Replace the floodway on Walkers Park Road, $57,000

  • Townsville City Council

o Seal sections of Central Creek Road, $986,000

o Seal Pace Road, $235,000

o Seal a section of Coast Road, $187,000

o Seal a section of Woodlands Road, $126,000

o Seal a section of Heath Road, $37,000

o Seal a section of Mountview Drive, $190,000

  • Winton Shire Council

o Concrete crossings on Olio-Fairview Crossing, $196,000

o Extend concrete floodways and stabilise and seal sections of Old Landsborough Highway, $136,000

Recreational Assets:

  • Croydon Shire Council

o Repair sections of the heritage stone wall in Croydon Heritage Precinct, $10,000

  • Department of Environment and Science

o Repair sections of the Goldsfield walking trail in Wooroonooran National Park, $121,000

  • Douglas Shire Council

o Seal sections of the access road within Foxton Park, $39,000

  • Townsville City Council

o Repair and reinstate drainage in Horseshoe Bay Park, $155,000

o Repair vehicle access tracks, Vincent Bushy Park, Rollingstone, $6000

Water and Sewerage:

  • Douglas Shire Council

o Replace handrails on the bridge crossing Daintree Water Intake, $13,000

These projects are being delivered through the $242 million exceptional circumstances package jointly funded by the Commonwealth and Queensland governments under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA).

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

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