Jun 12, 2019

Long road back from Cyclone Debbie damage

Long road back from Cyclone Debbie damage Isaac Regional Council technical engineer Charlie Wang on site at Spring Creek near Nebo where the crossing was flood damaged.

Isaac roads and waterways damaged by Severe Tropical Cyclone Debbie have been restored after two years of work funded under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA).

“Eighty-five per-cent of Isaac’s road network was damaged after Debbie,” Mayor Anne Baker said.

“After an extensive amount of work, pure people power helped to rebuild the roads as part of a $50.1 million works program.”

Cr Baker said the restoration of Isaac’s essential public assets was crucial to ensuring the region’s economic lifeblood continues to beat, benefiting the communities by upgrading and restoring a large number of the roads.

“The repaired and upgraded infrastructure will lead to safer roads, reduced travel time, increased resilience to weather damage and improved freight efficiency,” she said.

Isaac Mayor Anne Baker.

“In addition to better roads, the Isaac region saw an economic boost of almost $20 million.

“More than 150 employees and subcontractors were involved in the delivery of the contracted work and the spend within the Isaac region came to a staggering 40 per-cent of the total value from the works.”

Cr Baker said she wanted to thank the contractors who worked on the projects for their conscious choices to choose local.

“The contractors used materials and hired plant from Isaac businesses. Moranbah, Clairview, Clermont, Dysart, Carmila, Middlemount, Nebo, St Lawrence and other regional Isaac regions have economically benefited from the value of subcontractor works.”

The work was made possible through the NDRRA joint funding initiative of the Commonwealth and Queensland Governments which aims to provide disaster relief and recovery payments and infrastructure restoration to help communities recover from the impacts of natural disasters.

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