Mar 27, 2020

Green light for $21m in regional resilience works

Green light for $21m in regional resilience works

The Federal and State governments have given the green light for $21 million worth of infrastructure resilience projects in regional communities impacted by the 2019 monsoon trough.

Emergency Management Minister David Littleproud said this round of funding included more than $17 million to improve regional road networks.

“Today’s announcement is in addition to more than $60 million already approved under the joint $134.5 million infrastructure package between Federal and Queensland Governments,” Mr Littleproud said.

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

Just over one million dollars has been allocated to seal four roads in Townsville, which were left damaged by last year’s monsoonal flooding.

The Diamantina Shire will receive $2.7 million to repave and seal sections of Birdsville-Simpson Desert National Park Road.

And Aboriginal shire councils in Napranum and Palm Island will also receive more than $3 million to repair roads, improve accessibility and better protect vulnerable communities.

The full list of funded projects is below:

Department of Transport and Main Roads – upgrade floodways along the Landsborough Highway between Mount Isa and Winton, $5.9 million, upgrade sections of Kennedy Development Road between Hughenden and Winton, $3.1 million, replace Isabella Creek Bridge in Cook Shire, $716,000

Diamantina Shire Council –  seal section of Birdsville-Simpson Desert National Park Road, $2.8 million

Napranum Aboriginal Shire Council – seal sections of Stones Crossing Access Road, $2.2 million

Palm Island Aboriginal Shire Council – upgrade culverts and install pavement along Wallaby Point Road, $822,000, construct a seawall to protect Banfield Drive, $790,000

Richmond Shire Council – replace existing infrastructure with concrete floodways along Maxwelton Kynuna Road, $180,000

Torres Shire Council – upgrade the Waiben Esplanade Seawall, $2 million

Townsville City Council – seal Forestry Road, $462,000, seal Poderosa Road, $343,000, seal Bougainville Street, $7500, seal Purono Parkway, $215,000

Cook Shire Council – restore walking tracks connecting Grassy Hill, Cherry Tree Bay, Finch Bay, the Old Quarry and the botanic gardens, $953,000

Department of Environment and Science – repair and stabilise sections of Under the Radar Mountain Bike Trail and Smedley’s Mountain Bike Trail in Townsville, $364,000

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).

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